This pie chart is drawn from both Bloomberg NEF and FERC's 'Energy Infrastructure Update' the January 2015 edition of which shows the amount of new installed US generation capacity, for the whole of 2014. 

 

SourceFERC - Office of Energy Projects: Energy Infrastructure Update (January 2015); The C three group; Bloomberg New Energy Finance/BCSE Sustainable Energy in America: 2015 Factbook. 

 

There are three points to note;

1) Renewables, led by solar and wind, dominated new capacity installations in 2014 with 57 percent of the total.

2) FERC typically only reports utility-scale solar installations. In other words it misses almost all 'Residential' and 'Commercial' capacity. According to this analysis, reported in Scientific American - that means that typical reporting misses about half of all solar generation which is 'behind the meter'. What is striking is, as shown in the pie chart above, the amount of new solar generation capacity being added in the Residential (7.3 percent) and Commercial (6.7 percent) sectors.

3) FERC's January 2015 Infrastructure Update shows that only 106 megawatts of new coal capacity was added in the entire US in 2014 (this is included under 'Other' in the pie chart). In October 2014 SaskPower commissioned the Boundary Dam coal-fired carbon capture scheme which contained 160  megawatts of new coal-fired generation capacity. In other words: last year SaskPower added more coal-fired generation capacity than the entire United States: now there's something to be proud of!