Thursday, December 20, 2012

Renewable Standards Require 93,000 Megawatts By 2035

Twenty-nine states have adopted renewable energy standards and another 7 states have established goals for renewable generation that require 93,000 megawatts of new electric generation to be built by 2035, according to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Of this total, 33,000 Mw are built.

The remaining 60,000 megawatts that must be built to comply with state laws over 23 years require on average only about 2,500 megawatts per year.  That requirement is vastly lower than the 15,000 megawatts of new renewable generation that will be built across America in 2012 alone.

Indeed, new renewable generation will rarely fall below 5,000 megawatts per year going forward and will normally be one-third or more of America's annual new generation capacity.  In short, America's renewable energy generation industry easily builds every year much more new capacity than is required by the current renewable energy standards.  And building renewable energy capacity will be one of America's biggest power businesses in the next two decades.


  1. "The State is a device for taking money out of one set of pockets and putting into another." Voltaire

  2. The next challenge policmakers need to work on is getting a modern transmission system in place that can maximize the benefits of all these renewables. Indeed, with a proper transmission system, some of renewables current biggest critics, like Exelon, would have no reason to complain.

    Eric T.