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Renewables Lead Natural Gas in New U.S. Generating Capacity

Renewable energy narrowly surpassed natural gas in 2014 as the United States’ leading supplier of new electric generating capacity, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports in its latest Energy Infrastructure Update.

Renewables supplied 7,663 megawatts of new capacity, 49.81% of the total for 2014, Renewable Energy World reports. Gas supplied 7,485 MW, or 48.65%.

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“Renewable energy sources now account for 16.63% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.,” Bossong reports, exceeding the combined total for nuclear, at 9.14%, and oil-fired generation, at 3.94%.