Solar energy production capacity will be the new power generation power generation in the United States this year.
The US Energy Information Administration said in preliminary statistics on power generation in 2018 that although the United States has shut down several nuclear power plants since 2010, its nuclear power generation broke the 2010 record last year because some nuclear power plants have been upgraded and improved. Power generation capacity, and the maintenance and refueling time of nuclear power plants nationwide has been reduced overall.
According to preliminary statistics from the US Energy Information Administration, US nuclear power generation in 2018 totaled 807.1 million megawatts, slightly higher than the 807 million megawatts in 2010.
The Energy Information Administration also said that due to performance improvements, shorter outages, and increased thermal efficiency of power plant auxiliary systems, the capacity factor of US nuclear power plants in 2018 reached 92.6%, setting a new record.
However, the record of nuclear power generation in 2018 is unlikely to break in the next few decades, as only the Vogtle 3 and 4 reactors in Georgia will be put into use in the next few years. According to the Energy Information Administration, according to the current announced decommissioning situation, by 2025, the new capacity of the two reactors will not be able to offset the reduced capacity of the 12 closed reactors.
Between 2010 and 2018, only the Watts Bar 2 reactor (capacity 1.2 GW) under the jurisdiction of the Tennessee Valley Authority was put into operation, and another 7 nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 5.3 GW GW were in 2013-2018. Retired during the year.
According to the Energy Information Administration, last year, nuclear power generation accounted for 19.3% of US utility power generation, natural gas accounted for 35.1%, coal accounted for 27.4%, and hydropower and other renewable energy accounted for 17.1%.
Wind, natural gas and solar energy capacity will be the new power generation power generation in the United States this year. Coal-fired power generation will account for more than half of the planned total decommissioning capacity, followed by natural gas, accounting for 27%, and nuclear power accounting for 18%.
This year, the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts and the Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania are scheduled to retire in May and September, respectively, with a total power of 1.5 GW.