Table 4.5. Planned Generating Capacity Changes, by Energy Source, 2014-2018


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
2014
U.S. Total 703 17,761 149 7,157 554 10,604
Coal 1 62 35 3,005 -34 -2,943
Petroleum 29 54 32 801 -3 -747
Natural Gas 76 8,009 52 2,326 24 5,683
Other Gases -- -- 4 40 -4 -40
Nuclear -- -- 1 619 -1 -619
Hydroelectric Conventional 47 347 3 128 44 220
Wind 56 4,969 2 53 54 4,916
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 432 4,069 2 4 430 4,064
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 3 111 5 129 -2 -19
Geothermal 2 11 -- -- 2 11
Other Biomass 55 111 12 23 43 88
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 2 18 1 27 1 -9
2015
U.S. Total 362 23,567 210 18,102 152 5,466
Coal -- -- 100 15,022 -100 -15,022
Petroleum 1 1 24 820 -23 -819
Natural Gas 99 8,333 59 2,033 40 6,300
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 1 1,122 -- -- 1 1,122
Hydroelectric Conventional 12 293 15 160 -3 133
Wind 104 11,038 2 25 102 11,012
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 125 2,523 -- -- 125 2,523
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 2 65 5 39 -3 27
Geothermal 1 49 -- -- 1 49
Other Biomass 16 143 5 3 11 141
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 1 1 -- -- 1 1
2016
U.S. Total 184 18,422 70 4,989 114 13,433
Coal 3 276 26 3,774 -23 -3,498
Petroleum 1 1 14 124 -13 -123
Natural Gas 94 9,618 26 974 68 8,643
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- -- -- -- --
Hydroelectric Conventional 6 148 1 104 5 44
Wind 29 4,299 -- -- 29 4,299
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 42 3,835 -- -- 42 3,835
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 2 104 1 11 1 94
Geothermal 1 25 -- -- 1 25
Other Biomass 3 21 2 2 1 19
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 3 95 -- -- 3 95
2017
U.S. Total 72 14,495 54 7,585 18 6,910
Coal 1 350 22 5,097 -21 -4,747
Petroleum -- -- 2 452 -2 -452
Natural Gas 42 10,024 16 1,751 26 8,273
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 2 2,200 -- -- 2 2,200
Hydroelectric Conventional 6 163 2 208 4 -45
Wind 11 1,138 3 39 8 1,099
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 2 400 -- -- 2 400
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal 2 90 -- -- 2 90
Other Biomass 2 31 9 38 -7 -7
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 4 100 -- -- 4 100
2018
U.S. Total 52 8,689 20 2,954 32 5,735
Coal 1 17 10 2,618 -9 -2,601
Petroleum 2 3 7 194 -5 -191
Natural Gas 36 5,095 2 125 34 4,970
Other Gases 1 3 -- -- 1 3
Nuclear 2 2,200 -- -- 2 2,200
Hydroelectric Conventional 3 177 -- -- 3 177
Wind 2 965 1 17 1 948
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic -- -- -- -- -- --
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal 3 180 -- -- 3 180
Other Biomass 2 49 -- -- 2 49
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources -- -- -- -- -- --
2014-2018
U.S. Total 1,373 82,933 503 40,786 870 42,147
Coal 6 705 193 29,517 -187 -28,811
Petroleum 33 59 79 2,391 -46 -2,332
Natural Gas 347 41,079 155 7,209 192 33,869
Other Gases 1 3 4 40 -3 -37
Nuclear 5 5,522 1 619 4 4,903
Hydroelectric Conventional 74 1,128 21 600 53 529
Wind 202 22,409 8 135 194 22,274
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 601 10,827 2 4 599 10,822
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 7 280 11 178 -4 101
Geothermal 9 355 -- -- 9 355
Other Biomass 78 354 28 66 50 289
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 10 214 1 27 9 186

Notes: These data reflect plans as of December 31, 2013
Coal includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, waste coal, coal synfuel, refined coal, and coal-derived synthesis gas.
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, synthetic gas, and propane.
Other Gases also includes blast furnace 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.'