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


 20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Coal 595 595 595 595 595 595 595 571 576 581 444 275 275 167
Biomass 1,143 1,140 1,085 1,063 1,068 1,083 1,091 1,091 1,091 1,113 1,142 1,183 1,187 1,219
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
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
Natural Gas 30,348 32,691 35,150 35,035 38,568 40,221 40,867 41,164 43,392 43,965 43,948 44,613 47,126 46,195
Large Hydro 11,967 11,831 11,831 12,080 12,069 12,160 11,911 12,192 12,192 12,224 12,264 12,264 12,274 12,362
Small Hydro 1,630 1,621 1,619 1,616 1,620 1,618 1,624 1,612 1,619 1,616 1,615 1,614 1,614 1,613
Solar 412 380 380 380 380 403 403 406 419 516 622 1,148 4,041 5,664
Wind 1,534 1,544 1,571 2,064 2,064 2,064 2,064 2,064 2,184 3,019 3,992 4,967 6,205 6,382
Other 606 589 583 583 583 517 591 591 568 520 364 366 366 367
Grand Total 55,315 57,471 59,893 60,495 64,026 65,758 66,188 66,744 69,145 70,779 71,615 73,710 78,113 78,995

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

Source: QFER CEC-1304 Power Plant Data Reporting

 

In-State Electric Generation by Fuel Type (GWh)


 20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
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 1,018 988
Biomass 5,761 6,196 6,092 6,080 6,076 5,861 5,763 5,927 6,096 5,960 5,986 6,121 6,429 6,351
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 12,183
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
Natural Gas 116,338 92,690 94,398 105,249 97,074 109,172 120,459 123,036 117,277 109,855 91,246 121,836 121,088 121,855
Large Hydro 20,651 26,551 30,814 29,514 34,002 41,627 23,043 20,352 24,699 29,145 36,355 23,133 20,754 14,052
Small Hydro 4,337 4,808 5,527 4,976 6,261 6,931 4,063 4,108 4,522 5,182 6,376 4,326 3,343 2,424
Solar 836 851 759 741 660 616 668 733 851 912 1,097 1,834 4,287 10,365
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 12,694 12,908
Other 417 122 211 175 173 168 118 130 87 63 49 63 52 62
Grand Total 202,442 186,789 194,308 198,814 202,060 218,596 212,683 209,377 207,931 205,650 201,180 199,360 200,003 198,215

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 generationfrom 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 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 loads (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 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 data 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
Electricity Analysis Office
916-654-5968
MNyberg@energy.a.gov