Results from the annual survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that in 2022 they expect 46.1 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating capacity to be added to the U.S. power grid, almost half of the planned 2022 capacity additions are solar, followed by natural gas at 21% and wind at 17%.
Solar -They expect new solar capacity to surpass last year’s 15.5 GW additions with the most planned in Texas and California.
Natural Gas -They expect 9.6 GW of new natural gas-fired capacity to be added with the most planned to be in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois.
Nuclear – 5% of the country’s planned electric capacity additions in 2022 will come from two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant
Wind -Another 7.6 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2022. About half (51%) of the 2022 wind capacity additions are located in Texas. The 999 MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma, the largest wind project expected to come online in 2022, is scheduled to begin commercial operations in April.
Battery Storage -They expect utility-scale battery storage capacity to grow by 5.1 GW, or 84%, in 2022. Several factors have helped expand U.S. battery storage, including declining costs of battery storage, deploying battery storage with renewable generation, and adding value through regional transmission organization (RTO) markets.