Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Study: 272 GWe in New Capacity Being Evaluated


Power plant developers are evaluating more than 272,000 megawatts (MW) of new power generation unit additions in the U.S. This set of more than 1,700 units takes into consideration only active, precommissioned units as identified by Industrial Info’s Power Tracker. The majority of these projects, about 87%, are scheduled to begin construction by 2012.

Coal-fired units lead all fuel types for future generation unit development with more than 71,000 MW planned. When an additional 117 IGCC units are accounted for the total output for planned coal derived power units in the U.S. jumps up to over 90,000 MW.

Development of coal (71,000 MW), nuclear (46,000 MW), and wind (47,000 MW) projects, each have outpaced natural gas fired unit development, which stands at about 45,000 MW from 426 units.
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Anonymous said...

47 GW of wind? Somehow I don't think that will be a reality.

It will be interesting to see if the 90 GW of coal becomes a reality. If any of the proposed CO2 limits come into play, it won't.

I'm becoming much more convinced that the nuclear will be the only one to hit the forcast numbers.

KenG said...

Based on current experience with wind capacity factors, 47 GW of wind capacity will equal the gross output of about 12 GW of nuclear. Just to keep things in perspective.