Table 4.5. Planned Utility-Scale Generating Capacity Changes, by Energy Source, 2021-2025


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 2021
U.S. Total 973 44,546.5 120 11,317.0 853 33,229.5
Coal -- -- 21 4,570.4 -21 -4,570.4
Petroleum 13 18.0 23 21.9 -10 -3.9
Natural Gas 132 6,270.5 39 1,127.0 93 5,143.5
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- 5 5,133.3 -5 -5,133.3
Hydroelectric Conventional 10 67.3 11 10.2 -1 57.1
Wind 91 17,461.1 1 11.6 90 17,449.5
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 563 16,280.3 6 268.0 557 16,012.3
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 1 5.0 4 163.0 -3 -158.0
Geothermal 2 41.8 -- -- 2 41.8
Other Biomass 10 44.2 10 11.6 -- 32.6
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 151 4,358.3 -- -- 151 4,358.3
Year 2022
U.S. Total 434 41,434.6 86 18,618.3 348 22,816.3
Coal -- -- 42 14,205.4 -42 -14,205.4
Petroleum 4 20.8 15 731.3 -11 -710.5
Natural Gas 69 9,972.7 23 2,896.6 46 7,076.1
Other Gases -- -- 1 5.3 -1 -5.3
Nuclear 2 2,228.0 1 768.5 1 1,459.5
Hydroelectric Conventional 10 28.0 3 3.4 7 24.6
Wind 37 6,510.8 -- -- 37 6,510.8
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 234 18,283.1 -- -- 234 18,283.1
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- 1 7.8 -1 -7.8
Geothermal 1 21.0 -- -- 1 21.0
Other Biomass 3 6.8 -- -- 3 6.8
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 74 4,363.4 -- -- 74 4,363.4
Year 2023
U.S. Total 188 26,962.8 74 12,011.9 114 14,950.9
Coal -- -- 18 6,468.4 -18 -6,468.4
Petroleum -- -- 9 186.0 -9 -186.0
Natural Gas 26 6,111.4 38 5,315.3 -12 796.1
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- -- -- -- --
Hydroelectric Conventional 28 80.8 6 25.2 22 55.6
Wind 15 3,117.2 -- -- 15 3,117.2
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 78 12,713.4 -- -- 78 12,713.4
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 1 12.0 2 16.0 -1 -4.0
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass 2 19.0 -- -- 2 19.0
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 38 4,909.0 1 1.0 37 4,908.0
Year 2024
U.S. Total 108 13,951.9 40 8,428.3 68 5,523.6
Coal -- -- 8 2,491.3 -8 -2,491.3
Petroleum -- -- 4 32.4 -4 -32.4
Natural Gas 24 5,487.0 20 4,779.2 4 707.8
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- 1 1,122.0 -1 -1,122.0
Hydroelectric Conventional 41 109.8 7 3.4 34 106.4
Wind 16 4,067.9 -- -- 16 4,067.9
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 20 3,453.9 -- -- 20 3,453.9
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass 2 3.2 -- -- 2 3.2
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 5 830.1 -- -- 5 830.1
Year 2025
U.S. Total 34 10,017.3 55 9,006.1 -21 1,011.2
Coal -- -- 12 5,336.5 -12 -5,336.5
Petroleum -- -- 1 48.0 -1 -48.0
Natural Gas 16 6,928.3 27 2,500.0 -11 4,428.3
Other Gases -- -- -- -- -- --
Nuclear -- -- 1 1,118.0 -1 -1,118.0
Hydroelectric Conventional 7 20.0 4 1.1 3 18.9
Wind 7 2,290.0 9 1.5 -2 2,288.5
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 4 779.0 -- -- 4 779.0
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels -- -- -- -- -- --
Geothermal -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Biomass -- -- 1 1.0 -1 -1.0
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources -- -- -- -- -- --
Year 2021-2025
U.S. Total 1,737 136,913.1 375 59,381.6 1,362 77,531.5
Coal -- -- 101 33,072.0 -101 -33,072.0
Petroleum 17 38.8 52 1,019.6 -35 -980.8
Natural Gas 267 34,769.9 147 16,618.1 120 18,151.8
Other Gases -- -- 1 5.3 -1 -5.3
Nuclear 2 2,228.0 8 8,141.8 -6 -5,913.8
Hydroelectric Conventional 96 305.9 31 43.3 65 262.6
Wind 166 33,447.0 10 13.1 156 33,433.9
Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic 899 51,509.7 6 268.0 893 51,241.7
Wood and Wood-Derived Fuels 2 17.0 7 186.8 -5 -169.8
Geothermal 3 62.8 -- -- 3 62.8
Other Biomass 17 73.2 11 12.6 6 60.6
Hydroelectric Pumped Storage -- -- -- -- -- --
Other Energy Sources 268 14,460.8 1 1.0 267 14,459.8

Notes: These data reflect plans as of December 31, 2020
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.'