EIA expects that utility-scale solar capacity in the US rose by 11.1 GW in 2020
Post date: 10/02/2021 - 09:41
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that planned additions to U.S. wind and solar generating capacity in 2021 and 2022 will contribute to increasing electricity generation from those sources. The agency expects that utility-scale solar capacity rose by an estimated 11.1 GW in 2020. In December, EIA still expected 12.8 GW of new utility-scale solar capacity additions in the past year. The forecast for added utility-scale solar capacity is 16.2 GW for 2021 and 12.3 GW for 2022. EIA estimates that the U.S. electric power sector added 17.5 GW of new wind capacity in 2020. In this year, 15.3 GW of wind capacity will be added and 3.6 GW in 2022.
Consumption of electricity in the United States will increase by 1.6 percent in 2021 after falling 3.8 percent in 2020. Residential sector retail sales will grow by 2.2 percent in 2021. According to the agency, »the increase is primarily a result of colder forecast temperatures in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020«, and more people will be working from home than in the first quarter of 2020.