Higher renewable capacity additions in Annual Energy Outlook 2016 reflect policy changes and cost reductions

By Paul Dvorak Projections for renewable electricity capacity in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) are significantly higher than the projections in AEO2015. The December 2015 enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which extended certain tax credits for renewable generation technologies, and the August 2015 promulgation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan (CPP) are policies that have a significant effect on projected renewables deployment. Reductions in technology costs and some changes in state policies on renewables also affect the new AEO projections. Additional AEO cases to be released later this month will show

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