US wind market to grow fastest in 2020 – EIA


According to the US’ Energy Information Administration (EIA) wind, not solar will be the fastest-growing energy source in the country in 2020.

The EIA has forecasted that total power produced from both onshore and offshore wind will grow by a total of 6% in 2019 and 14% in 2020.

Likewise, gas-fired generation is also expected to rise by 6% in 2019, but by a lower 2% in 2% in 2020, according to the organisation’s latest report.

The growth will be far from uniform regionally, with the wind market in Texas proving to be the fastest-growing source of electricity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region which covers most of the state, and the trend is expected to continue through 2020.

The mid-Atlantic region of the country is expected to see the most growth in gas generation.

More than 3GW of wind power capacity has been added to Texas’ energy resources since 2018, and plans are afoot for another 7GW to be installed by the end of 2020.

The EIA’s report further notes that wind will comprise 20% of ERCOT’s total generation capacity in 2019, and will grow to 24% in 2020.

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Despite overt government support for coal, and cleaner ways of producing the resource forming a central part of the US’ proposed energy mix, the resource is expected to decline, dropping by a total of 15% in 2019, and a further 9% in 2020.