Pace of new power installation lagging well behind 2013

U.S. installation of new power generation capacity during the first five months of 2014 amounts to less than half of the total for the first five months of 2013, according to a recent update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The monthly Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects notes that 413 MW of new generating capacity went into service during May to bring the five-month total to 3,136 MW.

By comparison there had been a total of 7,580 MW of new generating capacity installed during the first five months of 2013.

Last month there was 203 MW of wind power added to the grid; followed by 156 MW of solar power and 49 MW of natural gas-fueled generation. There was also 5 MW of biomass power as well as less than 1 MW of water power installed.

Here’s the rundown of the project activity:

City of West Plains’ 49 MW natural gas-fired West Plains Peaking Power Station project in Howell County, MO is online.

Imperial Valley Solar 1 LLC’s 99 MW Imperial Valley solar project in Imperial County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric under long-term contract.

Macho Springs LLC’s 48.5 MW Macho Springs Energy solar project in Luna County, NM is online. The power generated is sold to El Paso Electric Co. under long-term contract.

Western Massachusetts Electric’s 4 MW Indian Orchard Solar Facility project in Hampden County, MA is online.

City of Lemoore’s 3 MW City of Lemoore solar project in Kings County, CA is online.

Kearsarge Barre 1 LLC’s 2 MW Kearsarge Barre 1 solar project in Worcester County, MA is online.

Prairie Breeze Wind Energy LLC’s 201 MW Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm in Antelope, Boone, and Madison Counties, NE is online. The power generated is sold to Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) under long-term contract.

Huerfano River Wind LLC’s 2 MW Huerfano River Wind Phase 2 expansion project in Huerfano County, CO is online. The power generated is sold to San Isabel Electric Association under long-term contract.

Green Power Electric Membership Corp’s 4.8 MW Pecan Row Landfill Energy project in Lowndes County, GA is online. The power generated will serve Green Power’s membership.

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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.