Table 4.5. Planned Utility-Scale Generating Capacity Changes, by Energy Source, 2019-2023


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
Year 2019
U.S. Total 653 26,958.8 222 19,248.3 431 7,710.5
Coal 1 17.0 51 12,725.9 -50 -12,708.9
Petroleum 15 36.6 22 229.7 -7 -193.1
Natural Gas 86 8,260.9 57 4,207.0 29 4,053.9
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- 2 1,481.8 -2 -1,481.8
Hydroelectric Conventional 9 18.6 16 132.0 -7 -113.4
Wind 86 12,320.6 1 75.0 85 12,245.6
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 393 5,796.9 20 9.4 373 5,787.5
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 5 228.4 10 294.7 -5 -66.3
Geothermal -- -- 4 3.7 -4 -3.7
Other Biomass 16 28.5 39 89.1 -23 -60.6
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 42 251.3 -- -- 42 251.3
Year 2020
U.S. Total 493 37,002.0 107 12,709.3 386 24,292.7
Coal -- -- 25 5,385.5 -25 -5,385.5
Petroleum 2 4.4 3 25.6 -1 -21.2
Natural Gas 94 9,740.7 56 4,707.6 38 5,033.1
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- 3 2,513.9 -3 -2,513.9
Hydroelectric Conventional 27 254.5 2 1.8 25 252.7
Wind 87 14,674.0 -- -- 87 14,674.0
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 265 11,918.6 -- -- 265 11,918.6
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 1 42.0 1 7.8 -- 34.2
Geothermal 3 114.9 -- -- 3 114.9
Other Biomass 2 2.8 17 67.1 -15 -64.3
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 12 250.1 -- -- 12 250.1
Year 2021
U.S. Total 170 23,999.2 29 6,297.1 141 17,702.1
Coal -- -- 8 1,793.4 -8 -1,793.4
Petroleum -- -- 5 28.0 -5 -28.0
Natural Gas 63 13,169.7 6 1,624.0 57 11,545.7
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 1 1,100.0 3 2,845.8 -2 -1,745.8
Hydroelectric Conventional 13 36.8 6 4.9 7 31.9
Wind 25 3,676.0 -- -- 25 3,676.0
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 39 4,246.8 -- -- 39 4,246.8
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass 3 31.0 1 1.0 2 30.0
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 26 1,738.9 -- -- 26 1,738.9
Year 2022
U.S. Total 111 13,774.4 35 7,281.5 76 6,492.9
Coal -- -- 16 3,813.0 -16 -3,813.0
Petroleum -- -- 4 1,740.0 -4 -1,740.0
Natural Gas 25 10,205.2 13 922.8 12 9,282.4
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 1 1,100.0 1 804.2 -- 295.8
Hydroelectric Conventional 55 158.8 -- -- 55 158.8
Wind 9 795.4 -- -- 9 795.4
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 11 1,148.9 -- -- 11 1,148.9
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass 2 1.2 -- -- 2 1.2
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 8 364.9 1 1.5 7 363.4
Year 2023
U.S. Total 11 2,599.0 47 3,967.3 -36 -1,368.3
Coal -- -- 9 2,435.0 -9 -2,435.0
Petroleum -- -- 11 187.9 -11 -187.9
Natural Gas 3 994.0 15 1,301.0 -12 -307.0
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- -- -- -- --
Hydroelectric Conventional -- -- 6 21.3 -6 -21.3
Wind 1 500.0 -- -- 1 500.0
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 4 605.0 -- -- 4 605.0
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- 2 16.0 -2 -16.0
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass -- -- 3 5.1 -3 -5.1
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 3 500.0 1 1.0 2 499.0
Year 2019-2023
U.S. Total 1,438 104,333.4 440 49,503.5 998 54,829.9
Coal 1 17.0 109 26,152.8 -108 -26,135.8
Petroleum 17 41.0 45 2,211.2 -28 -2,170.2
Natural Gas 271 42,370.5 147 12,762.4 124 29,608.1
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear 2 2,200.0 9 7,645.7 -7 -5,445.7
Hydroelectric Conventional 104 468.7 30 160.0 74 308.7
Wind 208 31,966.0 1 75.0 207 31,891.0
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 712 23,716.2 20 9.4 692 23,706.8
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 6 270.4 13 318.5 -7 -48.1
Geothermal 3 114.9 4 3.7 -1 111.2
Other Biomass 23 63.5 60 162.3 -37 -98.8
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 91 3,105.2 2 2.5 89 3,102.7

Notes: These data reflect plans as of December 31, 2018
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.'