POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Mar. 8, 2016

China building world's largest waste-to-energy power plant; Renewables provide nearly 18 percent of installed generation capacity; Almost 18 GW of electric generating capacity retired in 2015


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • China is building the world’s largest waste-to-energy power plant in the city of Shenzhen. This power plant is expected to burn 5,000 tons of trash daily. The roof of the structure will also include more than 473,000 square feet of solar paneling.
  • According to the “Energy Infrastructure Update” released by FERC, all new utility-scale generation capacity in in the U.S. (in January 2016) came from wind (468 MW) and solar (145 MW).  Renewable energy now provides almost 18 percent of U.S. installed electricity generation capacity with 8.56 percent from hydropower, 6.37 percent from wind, 1.43 percent from biomass, 1.24 percent from solar and 0.33 percent from geothermal.
  • In 2015, nearly 18 gigawatts of electric generating capacity was retired with more than 80 percent of the retired capacity coming from conventional steam coal. Roughly 30 percent of the coal capacity that was retired in 2015 took place in April.
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