By [email protected] Seasonal trends, favorable conditions and ever-improving technology all came together in April to help America’s wind turbine fleet spin past coal’s capacity factor.
The Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly (Tables 6.7.A and 6.7.B) put wind at 44.8 percent, slightly above coal’s 43.4 percent — and just below the 45.7 percent of the nation’s combined-cycle natural-gas plants.
A closer look at these contributing factors will help give better context for this achievement, so we’ll review each in turn.
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