根據美國聯邦能源管理委員會（Federal Energy Regulatory Commission，FERC）最新一期「能源基礎建設快訊」，去年天然氣新發電容量為8689 MW、核能1270 MW、石油58 MW、煤45 MW。
2016年新增風力發電容量為7865 MW，太陽能也不遑多讓，新增7748 MW。水力新增314 MW，生質新增197 MW。地熱去年則沒有新增。
美國風電協會的高金（Michael Goggin）指出，風力已經成為美國最大的再生能源，「美國風電發電容量現超過82,000 MW，超過水力發電的8萬MW。」
提倡永續能源的非政府組織Sun Day Campaign執行董事Ken Bossong說，川普政府獨厚化石燃料發展是錯誤的。
Bossong補充，發電容量跟實際產電量所有不同。再生能源的每單位額定容量的發電量，也就是容量因數，往往比化石燃料和核能低。根據美國能源資訊管理局（Energy Information Administration，EIA）的資料，2016年再生能源的運作中發電容量占全國19.17%，但實際產電量佔比為15.2%。
In 2016, for the second year in a row, the majority of new generating capacity installed in the United States came from renewable energy sources, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update.”
The report shows that combined newly installed capacity from renewables – biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind – totaled 16,124 megawatts (MW), or 61.5 percent, surpassing that from fossil fuels and nuclear power combined.
Last year the newly installed capacity from natural gas was 8,689 MW; from nuclear power, 1,270 MW; oil, 58 MW; and coal, 45 MW.
In 2015, renewable sources added 12,400 MW of new generating capacity, or 64.8 percent of the total installed during that year.
Almost half of all new U.S. capacity, 49.6 percent, came from renewables in 2014.
During calendar year 2016, new wind generating capacity grew by 7,865 MW and was nearly matched by new solar generating capacity, 7,748 MW.
There was also 314 MW of new hydropower capacity and 197 MW of new biomass capacity. No new geothermal steam generating capacity was added last year.
Wind power has blown into first place as America’s largest renewable resource, says Michael Goggin of the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group.
“U.S. wind capacity now stands at over 82,000 megawatts, surpassing the 80,000 MW at the nation’s hydropower dams,” he wrote.
Wind energy is now the country’s fourth-largest source of electric capacity, behind natural gas, coal and nuclear energy but ahead of hydroelectric and solar.
Ken Bossong, executive director of the nonprofit Sun Day Campaign, which advocates a sustainable energy future, warns that the Trump administration is making a mistake by concentrating solely on fossil fuel development.
“The focus of the new Trump Administration on fossil fuels is not only environmentally irresponsible but totally wrong-headed in light of the latest FERC data,” said Bossong. “Year-after-year, renewables are proving themselves to be the energy sources making America great again.”
Bossong points out that generating capacity is not the same as actual power generation. Electrical production per megawatt of available capacity, called the capacity factor, for renewables is often lower than that for fossil fuels and nuclear power, he explains.
The total installed operating generating capacity provided by renewables in 2016 is now 19.17 percent of the nation’s total, while actual electrical generation from renewables in 2016 is roughly 15.2 percent, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA, figures.
Bossong says both of these figures understate renewables’ actual contribution because neither EIA nor FERC fully accounts for all electricity generated by smaller-scale, distributed renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar.
Even so, the rapid growth of renewables, particularly solar and wind, has captured an ever-growing share of the nation’s total generating capacity.
Each of the non-hydro renewables has grown during the past five years and their combined capacity, 10.67 percent, is now greater than that of nuclear power at nine percent, and nearly three times that of oil at 3.79 percent.
Coal generates 24.65 percent of the nation’s power.
By comparison, the shares of U.S. energy capacity provided by oil, nuclear power, and coal have all declined over the past five years.
Only natural gas has experienced growth – from 41.60 percent in 2011 to 43.23 percent today.
Solar has enjoyed the greatest percentage increase of any U.S. energy source. Solar power’s share of the nation’s generating capacity, 2.0 percent, is now nearly 12 times greater than it was five years ago in December 2011 when it was just 0.17 percent.
And, the growth in solar capacity is accelerating. New solar capacity in 2016 more than doubled that added in 2015 and now exceeds that of biomass and geothermal combined.