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Posted August 16, 2018Today in Energy

PURPA-qualifying capacity increases, but it's still a small portion of added renewables ›

Between 2008 and 2017, more than 103 gigawatts (GW) of renewable generating capacity entered service in the United States, of which only 14 GW is certified to have qualifying facility small power producer status under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants—those that have a capacity of one megawatt (MW) and higher—account for more than 8 GW of the added qualifying capacity, followed by onshore wind at 4 GW. During the past decade, PURPA-qualifying facilities have accounted for 31% of solar PV capacity, 5% of onshore wind capacity, and 6% of total electric generating capacity across all technologies in the United States. More

U.S. solar photovoltaic and onshore wind capacity additions

Source: EIA, Annual Electric Generator Report

Data Highlights

WTI crude oil futures price

8/15/2018: $65.01/barrel

down$1.93 from week earlier
up$17.46 from year earlier

Natural gas futures price

8/15/2018: $2.940/MMBtu

down$0.009 from week earlier
up$0.005 from year earlier

Natural gas inventories

8/10/2018: 2,387 Bcf

up33 Bcf from week earlier
down687 Bcf from year earlier

Crude oil inventories

8/10/2018: 414.2 million barrels 

up6.8 million barrels from week earlier
down52.3 million barrels from year earlier

Weekly coal production

8/11/2018: 15.393 million tons

down0.468 million tons from week earlier
down0.318 million tons from year earlier