Table 4.5. Planned Generating Capacity Changes, by Energy Source, 2013-2017


Generator Additions Generator Retirements Net Capacity Additions
Energy Source Number of Generators Net Summer Capacity Number of Generators Net Summer Capacity Number of Generators Net Summer Capacity
2013
U.S. Total 513 15,144 179 12,604 334 2,540
Coal 4 1,482 28 4,465 -24 -2,983
Petroleum 21 45 41 1,401 -20 -1,356
Natural Gas 87 6,818 55 2,950 32 3,868
Other Gases -- -- 1 4 -1 -4
Nuclear -- -- 4 3,576 -4 -3,576
Hydroelectric Conventional 17 385 36 185 -19 201
Wind 25 2,225 -- -- 25 2,225
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 277 3,460 1 1 276 3,459
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 10 489 -- -- 10 489
Geothermal 5 50 1 11 4 39
Other Biomass 65 132 12 12 53 119
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 2 60 -- -- 2 60
2014
U.S. Total 179 13,321 77 7,515 102 5,806
Coal 4 655 45 5,593 -41 -4,938
Petroleum -- -- 9 725 -9 -725
Natural Gas 54 6,871 13 444 41 6,427
Other Gases -- -- 4 40 -4 -40
Nuclear -- -- 1 604 -1 -604
Hydroelectric Conventional 10 318 5 109 5 209
Wind 28 2,509 -- -- 28 2,509
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 44 2,678 -- -- 44 2,678
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 3 85 -- -- 3 85
Geothermal 2 48 -- -- 2 48
Other Biomass 30 131 -- -- 30 131
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 4 27 -- -- 4 27
2015
U.S. Total 97 13,319 153 15,328 -56 -2,009
Coal -- -- 79 11,993 -79 -11,993
Petroleum -- -- 21 808 -21 -808
Natural Gas 59 9,044 49 2,377 10 6,667
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 1 1,122 -- -- 1 1,122
Hydroelectric Conventional 8 252 4 150 4 103
Wind 10 1,041 -- -- 10 1,041
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 11 1,677 -- -- 11 1,677
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal 2 62 -- -- 2 62
Other Biomass 6 121 -- -- 6 121
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources -- -- -- -- -- --
2016
U.S. Total 49 11,658 61 4,054 -12 7,604
Coal 3 757 24 3,178 -21 -2,421
Petroleum 2 3 19 217 -17 -214
Natural Gas 26 7,568 17 556 9 7,012
Other Gases 1 3 -- -- 1 3
Nuclear 1 1,100 -- -- 1 1,100
Hydroelectric Conventional 4 190 1 104 3 86
Wind 1 99 -- -- 1 99
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 10 1,937 -- -- 10 1,937
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass 1 2 -- -- 1 2
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources -- -- -- -- -- --
2017
U.S. Total 23 6,452 37 3,579 -14 2,873
Coal -- -- 15 2,066 -15 -2,066
Petroleum -- -- -- -- -- --
Natural Gas 16 3,718 19 1,304 -3 2,414
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 2 2,200 -- -- 2 2,200
Hydroelectric Conventional 2 244 2 208 -- 36
Wind -- -- -- -- -- --
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 1 200 -- -- 1 200
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal 2 90 -- -- 2 90
Other Biomass -- -- 1 1 -1 -1
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources -- -- -- -- -- --
2013-2017
U.S. Total 861 59,894 507 43,080 354 16,815
Coal 11 2,894 191 27,294 -180 -24,401
Petroleum 23 48 90 3,151 -67 -3,103
Natural Gas 242 34,019 153 7,631 89 26,389
Other Gases 1 3 5 44 -4 -41
Nuclear 4 4,422 5 4,180 -1 242
Hydroelectric Conventional 41 1,389 48 755 -7 634
Wind 64 5,874 -- -- 64 5,874
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 343 9,953 1 1 342 9,952
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 13 574 -- -- 13 574
Geothermal 11 249 1 11 10 238
Other Biomass 102 385 13 13 89 371
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 6 87 -- -- 6 87

Notes: These data reflect plans as of December 31, 2012
Coal includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, and waste coal; coal synfuel and refined coal; and beginning in 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas was included in Other Gases.
Petroleum includes distillate fuel oil (all diesel and No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 fuel oils), residual fuel oil (No. 5 and No. 6 fuel oils and bunker C fuel oil), jet fuel, kerosene, petroleum coke (converted to liquid petroleum, see Technical Notes for conversion methodology), waste oil, and beginning in 2011, synthetic gas and propane. Prior to 2011, synthetic gas and propane were included in Other Gases.
Other Gases also includes blast furnace gas. Prior to 2011, waste heat was included in Natural Gas.
Hydroelectric Conventional capacity includes conventional hydroelectric power excluding pumped storage facilities.
Wood and wood-derived fuels include wood/wood waste solids (including paper pellets, railroad ties, utility poles, wood chips, bark, and wood waste solids), wood waste liquids (red liquor, sludge wood, spent sulfite liquor, and other wood-based liquids), and black liquor.
Other Biomass include municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts, other biomass solids, other biomass liquids, and other biomass gases (including digester gases, methane, and other biomass gases).
Hydroelectric Conventional capacity includes conventional hydroelectric power excluding pumped storage facilities.
Other Energy Sources include batteries, hydrogen, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuels and other miscellaneous energy sources.
Capacity by energy source is based on the capacity associated with the energy source reported as the most predominant (primary) one, where more than one energy source is associated with a generator.
In the case of wind, solar and wave energy sites, the capacity for multiple generators is reported in a single generator record and is presented as a single generator in the generator count.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-860, 'Annual Electric Generator Report.'