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Between April 2015 and March 2016, there is a cumulative total of 88,953 megawatts of new electric utility capacity planned. This new capacity will add to the current U.S. capacity of about 1,071,000 megawatts. Over half (53%) of the new capacity that is planned comes from natural gas while 24% comes from wind and 11% from solar. Just 2% of the new planned capacity comes from coal. Most of the planned wind energy is in the mid-section of the United States extending from Texas to North Dakota. Most of the new solar capacity is in the southwest with the exception of North Carolina which also has a lot of new solar planned—1,652 megawatts which is 16% of all new solar capacity planned from April 2015 to March 2016. During this same timeframe, utility generators representing 40,095 megawatts of capacity are set to retire. Nearly three-fourths (73%) of the capacity being retired is from coal, predominantly in the Midwest and Southeast.

Electricity Generating Units Planned to Come Online from April 2015 to March 2016

Map of the U.S. showing electricity generating units planned to come online from April 2015 to March 2016

Electric Generating Units Planned for Retirement from April 2015 to March 2016

Map of the U.S. showing electric generating units planned for retirement from April 2015 to March 2016

Note: Other includes conventional hydroelectric, geothermal, hydrokinetic, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, nuclear, other gases, other waste biomass, petroleum liquids, batteries, and wood/wood waste biomass.

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Supporting Information

Electricity Generating Units Planned to Come Online from April 2015 to March 2016
Net Summer Capacity (Megawatts)
State Fuel Source
Coal Natural Gas Solar Wind All Other Total
Alaska 67 99     56 222
Alabama         62 62
Arizona   3,875 441 30   4,345
California 413 3,106 4,707 337 438 9,000
Colorado   625 122 228 3 978
Connecticut   90 20   8 118
District of Columbia         10 10
Delaware   309 1     310
Florida   2,500 154   100 2,753
Georgia 850   120   2,250 3,220
Hawaii     58 25 18 101
Iowa   692   692 66 1,450
Idaho   5 40   13 57
Illinois   571   1,341 55 1,967
Indiana   1,286 21 270 5 1,582
Kansas   225   723   947
Kentucky   1,430 10   270 1,710
Louisiana   618     15 633
Massachusetts   681 3 8 44 736
Maryland   1,844 10 230 87 2,171
Maine   55   780   835
Michigan   143   100   243
Minnesota   432 2 646 40 1,120
Missouri   24 4     28
Montana       371   371
North Carolina   460 1,652   8 2,120
North Dakota   192   501   693
Nebraska     4 411   415
New Hampshire       12   12
New Jersey   2,230 27     2,257
New Mexico   80 65 728   873
Nevada     1,368 200 25 1,593
New York 2 1,620 19 567 20 2,228
Ohio   1,991 80 817   2,888
Oklahoma   1,092 3 2,023 3 3,121
Oregon   2,430 5 292 5 2,732
Pennsylvania 1 4,142     100 4,244
Rhode Island       44   44
South Carolina     46   2,200 2,246
South Dakota       178   178
Tennessee   371     1,122 1,493
Texas   10,124 640 6,344 26 17,134
Utah   201 476 182 35 894
Virginia   2,836 20 12 8 2,876
Vermont         33 33
Washington       126 610 736
Wisconsin   700   98   798
West Virginia   355     269 624
Wyoming 625 80   3,050   3,755
Total U.S. 1,958 47,512 10,116 21,364 8,002 88,953

Source: Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly March 2015, Washington, DC, May 2015, Table 6.5.

 

 

Electric Generating Units Planned for Retirement from April 2015 to March 2016
Net Summer Capacity (Megawatts)
State Fuel Source
Coal Natural Gas Solar Wind All Other Total
Alaska   44       44
Alabama 1,789       56 1,845
Arizona 260         260
California   2,004 2 56 9 2,071
Colorado 336 60   25   421
Connecticut         17 17
Florida 1,568 392     184 2,144
Georgia 2,217 115     124 2,456
Hawaii 180       15 195
Iowa 418 282     62 762
Illinois 859       17 876
Indiana 1,954 15     3 1,972
Kansas 54 12       66
Kentucky 2,951         2,951
Louisiana   95       95
Massachusetts 1,071 19     435 1,525
Maryland 1,196         1,196
Michigan 361 55     2 418
Minnesota 534 493     218 1,244
Missouri 759       5 764
Mississippi   351       351
New Jersey   1,307     1,490 2,797
New Mexico 837 233 1     1,071
Nevada 511 315     6 832
New York         55 55
Ohio 2,820       13 2,833
Oklahoma 942 673       1,615
Oregon 585       5 590
Pennsylvania 146         146
South Carolina 250         250
Tennessee 1,206         1,206
Texas 1,368 844       2,212
Utah 172       1 173
Virginia 878 3       881
Washington 670       415 1,085
Wisconsin 740 164     193 1,096
West Virginia 1,580         1,580
Total U.S. 29,211 7,474 3 82 3,325 40,095

Source: Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly March 2015, Washington, DC, May 2015, Table 6.6.

 

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