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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 6,127 6,443 6,672
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 92,698 94,410 105,217 97,069 109,177 120,459 123,036 117,284 109,882 91,267 121,877 121,114 121,907
Large Hydro 20,651 26,551 30,814 29,514 34,002 41,627 23,043 20,352 24,099 29,040 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 4,334 3,348 2,426
Solar PV 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 11 33 208 964 3,649 8,933
Solar Thermal 834 848 757 739 658 614 666 730 841 879 889 867 668 1,624
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 12,997
Other 417 122 211 175 173 168 118 130 87 63 49 63 53 62
Grand Total 202,442 186,797 194,321 198,781 202,055 218,601 212,683 209,376 207,338 205,572 201,201 199,411 199,350 198,871

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)


 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 1,079 1,091 1,102 1,139 1,163 1,192 1,273
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 30,409 32,739 35,145 35,073 38,606 40,256 40,927 41,177 43,405 43,984 43,966 44,635 47,192 46,211
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 1,631 1,625 1,619 1,616 1,620 1,618 1,624 1,612 1,621 1,608 1,607 1,625 1,624 1,623
Solar PV 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 11 109 214 738 3,090 4,639
Solar Thermal 410 378 378 378 378 400 400 400 408 408 408 408 925 1,300
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 5,800 5,896
Other 606 583 583 583 583 517 591 591 568 520 364 366 368 367
Grand Total 55,377 57,516 59,889 60,534 64,064 65,794 66,248 66,746 69,160 70,779 71,623 73,720 77,766 78,865

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 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.ca.gov