Different month, same story: Renewables dominate new generation

In what’s becoming an increasingly familiar pattern, virtually all the new power generation deployed in March came via solar or wind power, according to the latest infrastructure update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The FERC Office of Energy Projects issued its monthly infrastructure update April 17. The update shows that overall new generation coming online is down between the first quarter of 2013 and 2014.

There has been only 1,150 MW of new generation brought online during the first three months of this year compared to 2,299 MW in the first quarter of 2013.

During the first three months of 2014 the amount of natural gas generation brought online amounts to only 90 MW, compared to 359 MW during the first quarter of 2013, according to FERC. There has been 427 MW of wind commissioned during 1Q14 compared to 962 MW of new wind power during 1Q13. Solar power is also down; from 877 MW in early 2013 to 584 MW during 1Q14.

Projects commissioned during the month include:

Invenergy’s Stony Creek Energy LLC’s 92-MW Orangeville Wind project in Wyoming County, N.Y., is online. The power generated is sold to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under long-term contract.

Starta Solar’s 5 MW Daniel Farm Solar project in Davie County, N.C., is online. The power generated is sold to Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) under long-term contract.

• Strata Solar’s 5 MW Roxboro Solar project in Person County, N.C., is online. The power generated is sold to a Duke subsidiary, Progress Energy Carolinas, under long-term contract.

Ignite Solar Holdings’s 6 MW PSEG Shasta Solar project in Shasta County, Calif., is online. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under long-term contract.

OCI Solar Power’s 4 MW Alamo II Solar project in Bexar County, Texas is online. The power generated is sold to CPS Energy under long-term contract.

• The NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) 125 MW Genesis Solar project phase 2 in Riverside County, Calif., is online. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under long-term contract.

Winchendon Solar’s 2 MW Winchendon Solar project in Worcester County, Mass., is online. The power generated serves the electric demand of the Town of Winchendon.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.