Renewable energy expands its share
Additions of installed wind turbine capacity reached their single-year high in 1995–a total of 1,289 MW–bringing the worldwide cumulative total to 4,900 MW. While the US has the most installed wind capacity at 1,731 MW, India has the most planned wind capacity with 700 to 1,200 MW to be added over the next 15 years, according to the new US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, Renewable Energy Annual 1996.
In the past 10 years, worldwide sales of photovoltaics have more than quadrupled, while installed costs have dropped by more than half. The Philippines is the second-largest producer of geothermal electricity after the US. Renewable energy`s share of the US total energy supply increased to 7.6 percent in 1995, up from 7.1 percent in 1994. The increase was due primarily to a weather-related 17 percent jump in electricity generation from hydroelectric power, as non-hydroelectric renewable energy remained near its 1994 level. Excluding hydropower, biomass accounted for 87 percent of the remaining renewable energy consumption in 1995. Biomass is commonly used in industrial applications for process heat and power.
Copies of the full report are available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, 202/512-1800, or through EIA`s National Energy Information Center, 202/586-8800. The report may be accessed electronically on the EIA Internet site at https://eia.doe.gov.