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Oklahoma to Account for 6% of New Wind Power in 2020

Article by Daisy Creager for The Journal Record

Oklahoma will account for 6% of new wind power capacity built in the United States this year, behind only Texas, which will account for 32%, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department of Energy.

Wind and solar resources, meanwhile, are projected to account for 76% of all new generation coming online nationwide in 2020, up from 64% in 2019, according to an EIA report. 

Wind and solar will make up 32 gigawatts of the 42 GW of new generation capacity coming online in 2020. New solar installations will account for 13.5 GW, up from 4.3 GW in 2019 and surpassing the previous record of 8 GW in 2016.

According to EIA, wind power will account for 44% of new U.S. generation added in 2020 at 18.5 GW, surpassing the previous record of 13.2 GW in 2012. Natural gas, meanwhile, will account for 9.3 GW of new capacity this year. The remaining 2% will come from hydropower and battery storage, according to the EIA. 

Solar and natural gas is projected to account for 32% and 22% of new generation, respectively. In 2019, solar accounted for 18% of new capacity and natural gas made up 34%. 

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