April was a very good month for new natural gas power plants. Across America, 1,224 megawatts of new natural gas power plants came on line, accounting for more than 90% of the new capacity added in April.
Natural gas and renewable energy have provided all of the 3,481 megawatts of new power plants that have come on line to date in America from January to April. Of that total, gas plants provided 1,565 megawatts; wind 958 megawatts; solar 845 megawatts; hydro 71 megawatts; and biomass 49 megawatts. Renewable energy cumulatively was 55% of the new capacity added to date this year.
No new coal, oil or nuclear capacity began operation in the first four months of 2013. Natural gas and renewable energy will continue to dominate new generation markets for the next 10 years at least.