A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- The EIA reports that wind, natural gas and solar made up 97 percent of all new electric generation capacity in 2015, accounting for 41 percent, 30 percent and 26 percent of total additions (respectively). The state of Texas added the most wind capacity at 42 percent of total U.S. wind additions. In 2015, California added more than 1,000 MW of utility-scale solar and 1,000 MW of distributed solar PV capacity. This accounted for 42 percent of overall solar additions.
- Last weekend, solar power provided the U.K. with more power than coal-fired power stations for 24 hours. The National Grid showed that 29 GWh of solar power was generated last Saturday versus 21 GWh of power from coal.
- A study the research group EuPD found that only 34 percent of PV installers offer energy storage solutions to their customers. However, 26 percent of the installers that currently do not offer solutions hope to begin in 2016. Additionally, 38 percent of the installers that do not offer solutions say that current battery prices prevent them from offering this service.