EIA anticipates that utility-scale solar capacity in the United States increased by 11.1 GW in 2020

Feb 10, 2021 12:15 PM ET
  • The US Energy Info Administration (EIA) projections that intended additions to U.S. wind and solar creating capability in 2021 as well as 2022 will add to raising electrical energy generation from those sources.

The company anticipates that utility-scale solar ability increased by an approximated 11.1 GW in 2020. In December, EIA still expected 12.8 GW of brand-new utility-scale solar capacity enhancements in the past year. The forecast for added utility-scale solar capacity is 16.2 GW for 2021 and also 12.3 GW for 2022. EIA approximates that the U.S. electrical power market included 17.5 GW of brand-new wind capability in 2020. In this year, 15.3 GW of wind ability will certainly be included and 3.6 GW in 2022.

Consumption of electricity in the USA will certainly enhance by 1.6 percent in 2021 after dropping 3.8 percent in 2020. Residential field retail sales will certainly grow by 2.2 percent in 2021. According to the firm, "the increase is primarily a result of chillier forecast temperatures in the initial quarter of 2021 compared with the very same period in 2020", as well as more people will be functioning from house than in the very first quarter of 2020.