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Power Breakfast for Mar. 23, 2016

China plans to triple solar capacity by 2020; Texas leads electric generation capacity additions


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A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • In 2015, China added more than 15 GWs of new solar capacity. With this addition, China has surpassed Germany as the world’s largest solar power market. China has 43.2 GWs of solar capacity, compared with 38.4 GWs in Germany and 27.8 GWs in the U.S. China plans to triple its solar capacity by 2020 by adding 15 to 20 GWs of solar capacity per year over the next five years.
  • The EIA reports that wind, natural gas and solar made up 41 percent, 30 percent and 26 percent (respectively) of total new electric generation capacity in 2015. Texas led the country in electric generation capacity additions in 2015. The state added the most wind capacity at 42 percent of total wind additions followed by Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota. Additionally, Texas and New Jersey made up half of all natural gas additions.
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