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By Terry Boston and Scott Baker

Energy Storage
Balancing the 21st century power grid.

HILE MANY PEOPLE THINK OF NATURAL
gas as the "go-to" fuel of the decade and
near future, it is remarkable how much
renewable energy is being installed. In
2013, approximately 44% of all new electric generation capacity (on a nameplate megawatt basis)

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installed in the United States came from solar and wind.
In 2014, that amount increased to 53% [1] (see Figure 1).
While renewables still are a relatively small percentage of the total installed capacity in the United States,
clearly a strong renewables build is underway. This
steady trajectory should continue until another disruption changes its course, either increasing (e.g., carbon
regulations) or decreasing (e.g., loss of tax subsidies) the
rate of installation.
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