Electric Generation Capacity & Energy

In-State Electric Generation by Fuel Type (GWh)


Primary Fuel
Type
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Coal 2,811 3,010 3,034 2,896 3,012 2,920 2,970 2,841 2,565 2,290 2,096 1,263 824 802 311 324
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 24,410
Natural Gas 116,171 92,490 94,198 105,029 96,892 108,945 120,245 122,785 117,065 109,650 90,997 121,711 120,864 121,821 117,520 98,831
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 18,931
Oil 373 87 103 127 148 133 103 92 67 51 36 48 38 45 54 37
Petroleum Coke 1,231 1,265 1,237 1,197 1,271 1,270 1,249 1,142 1,173 1,120 1,024 318 194 208 229 207
Waste Heat 227 240 287 238 221 266 233 286 240 245 271 222 230 225 175 187
Biomass 5,762 6,197 6,094 6,082 6,078 5,863 5,764 5,908 6,111 5,981 6,051 6,201 6,550 6,776 6,362 5,868
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 11,582
Small Hydro 4,844 5,356 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 4,567
Solar PV 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 17 90 226 1,018 3,775 9,102 13,035 17,235
Solar Thermal 834 848 757 739 658 614 666 730 841 879 889 867 686 1,624 2,446 2,548
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 12,176 13,500
Grand Total 202,461 186,793 194,272 198,793 202,075 218,603 212,690 209,360 207,283 205,621 201,270 199,574 199,561 199,366 196,819 198,227

Graph of Installed In-State Electric Generation  by Fuel Type

Source: QFER CEC-1304 Power Plant Data Reporting



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


Primary Fuel
Type
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Coal 429 429 429 429 429 429 429 405 410 416 302 247 247 139 101 63
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 12,252
Natural Gas 30,375 32,689 34,721 35,009 38,569 40,210 40,898 41,169 43,387 43,968 43,918 44,532 47,089 46,190 44,524 42,629
Nuclear 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,456 4,577 4,647 4,647 2,393 2,393 2,393 2,393
Oil 565 542 542 542 542 481 550 550 527 484 323 325 325 326 326 326
Petroleum Coke 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 173 149 36 36 36 36 36
Waste Heat 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53 53
Biomass 1,143 1,139 1,083 1,075 1,080 1,085 1,093 1,082 1,095 1,084 1,153 1,182 1,212 1,296 1,287 1,325
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 2,694
Small Hydro 1,751 1,744 1,740 1,739 1,743 1,745 1,747 1,749 1,756 1,745 1,744 1,756 1,750 1,749 1,741 1,743
Solar PV 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 7 15 117 228 780 3,102 4,778 6,081 8,619
Solar Thermal 410 378 378 378 378 400 400 400 408 408 408 408 925 1,292 1,249 1,249
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 5,785 5,869 5,984 5,644
Grand Total 55,364 57,486 59,485 60,506 64,088 66,029 66,554 67,178 69,731 70,960 71,710 73,781 77,776 79,068 78,742 79,025

Installed In-State Electric Generation Capacity by Fuel Type

Source: QFER CEC-1304 Power Plant Data Reporting
* Note: Operational capacity as of December 31 of each year. Does not include plants that retired within the year.



Data based on CEC-1304 QFER Database as of June 27, 2017.

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 megawatt such as rooftop solar installations, other small distributed generation, backup power generators, battery energy storage, or imported energy from surrounding control areas. Data is subject to change based on revisions and data quality control checks.

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