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Solar and Wind Comprise 61% of 2015 Capacity Additions

New capacity additions are slowing as efficiency and demand management techniques make new generation less necessary nationwide, and the new plants that are added are largely cleaner than in years past, SNL Energy reports.

A combination of wind, solar and natural gas made up the overwhelming majority of new capacity additions last year: Some 96%, according to SNL’s data. Coal and oil combined for less than 1%.

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