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In-State Electric Generation by Fuel Type (GWh)


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Primary Fuel TypeGeneration (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)Generation (GWh)
Coal 4,041 4,275 4,269 4,086 4,283 4,190 4,217 3,977 3,735 3,406 3,120 1,580 1,018 1,011 538
Biomass 5,762 6,197 6,094 6,082 6,078 5,863 5,764 5,927 6,111 5,981 6,051 6,201 6,550 6,776 6,356
Geothermal 13,525 13,396 13,329 13,494 13,292 13,093 13,084 12,907 12,907 12,740 12,685 12,733 12,479 12,186 11,994
Nuclear 33,294 34,353 35,594 30,241 36,155 32,036 35,698 32,482 31,509 32,214 36,666 18,491 17,860 17,027 18,525
Natural Gas 116,341 92,697 94,428 105,222 97,161 109,176 120,466 123,037 117,287 109,886 91,221 121,884 121,067 121,975 117,482
Large Hydro 20,144 26,003 30,325 28,945 33,334 40,952 22,640 19,887 23,659 28,483 35,682 22,737 20,319 13,739 11,569
Small Hydro 4,844 5,354 5,996 5,545 6,928 7,607 4,466 4,573 4,880 5,706 7,049 4,723 3,778 2,737 2,423
Solar PV 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 11 82 208 962 3,653 8,949 12,571
Solar Thermal 834 848 757 739 658 614 666 730 841 879 889 867 686 1,624 2,446
Wind 3,242 3,546 3,316 4,258 4,084 4,902 5,570 5,724 6,249 6,172 7,598 9,242 11,964 13,074 11,856
Oil 379 87 103 127 148 134 103 92 67 52 36 48 38 45 54
Other 38 35 108 48 24 34 15 39 20 12 13 14 14 16 14
Grand Total 202,446 186,794 194,320 198,788 202,150 218,601 212,691 209,378 207,276 205,612 201,220 199,483 199,427 199,159 195,829

Graph of Installed In-State Electric Generation Capacity by Fuel Type

Source: QFER CEC-1304 Power Plant Data Reporting

 

Installed In-State Electric Generation Capacity by Fuel Type (MW)


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Primary Fuel TypeCapacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)Capacity (MW)
Coal 595 595 595 595 595 595 595 571 576 581 444 275 275 167 167
Biomass 1,143 1,139 1,083 1,075 1,080 1,085 1,093 1,082 1,095 1,104 1,153 1,182 1,214 1,296 1,297
Geothermal 2,625 2,623 2,623 2,623 2,623 2,641 2,586 2,598 2,648 2,648 2,648 2,703 2,703 2,703 2,716
Nuclear 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,577 4,577 4,577 2,323 2,323 2,323
Natural Gas 30,377 32,688 35,063 35,027 38,587 40,238 40,909 41,180 43,400 43,980 43,949 44,573 47,135 46,229 45,437
Large Hydro 11,848 11,713 11,713 11,962 11,951 12,042 11,793 12,074 12,074 12,105 12,145 12,145 12,155 12,244 12,252
Small Hydro 1,748 1,741 1,737 1,736 1,740 1,738 1,740 1,728 1,735 1,724 1,723 1,735 1,729 1,728 1,720
Solar PV 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 11 109 214 737 3,031 4,589 5,498
Solar Thermal 410 378 378 378 378 400 400 400 408 408 408 408 925 1,300 1,292
Wind 1,534 1,544 1,571 2,064 2,089 2,310 2,373 2,462 2,728 3,183 3,992 4,967 5,800 5,887 6,288
Oil 590 567 567 567 567 506 575 575 552 509 348 350 350 351 351
Other 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Grand Total 55,344 57,462 59,805 60,501 64,084 66,030 66,538 67,148 69,699 70,943 71,616 73,668 77,656 78,834 79,359

Graph of In-State Electric Generation by Fuel Type

Source: QFER CEC-1304 Power Plant Data Reporting

Data based on CEC-1304 QFER Database as of

These tables and corresponding charts are provided to show the total installed electric generation nameplate capacity of all power plants one megawatt (MW) and larger located within California, and the corresponding generation from these resources. The data is collected under the authority of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 3, Section 1304(a)(1)-(2).

The information in these charts and tables is based on metering at each power plant site and, therefore, does not account for the 7-8 percent (typical) loss attributed to transmission for delivery to the customer's meter. In addition, the information includes both non-retail sales (for example, water delivery) and retail sales. Thus, the information cannot be used to determine progress toward the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Also, the information does not include power plants with a nameplate capacity of less than one megawatt (1 MW) such as rooftop solar installations, other small distributed generation, backup power generators, or imported energy from surrounding control areas. Data is subject to change based on revisions and quality control checks.

For more information on the Renewable Portfolio Standard, please visit this page:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/portfolio/index.html

For a complete profile of California's total generation, please visit the following two sources, also within the Energy Almanac:

Contact:
Michael Nyberg
Supply Analysis Office
916-654-5968
MNyberg@energy.ca.gov