EIA releases energy outlook with 2017 forecasts, including hydro

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which contains forecasts for 2017, including hydro.

Specific to hydropower, the report says: “A decline in power generation from fossil fuels in the forecast period is offset by an increase from renewable sources. The share of generation from natural gas falls from 33% in 2015 to 31% in 2017, and coal falls from 34% to 33%. For renewables, the forecast share of total generation supplied by hydropower rises from 6% in 2015 to 7% in 2017, and the forecast share for other renewables increases from 7% in 2015 to 9% in 2017.”

The EIA report indicates electricity generation from all sources in the U.S. is expected to be 11.4 billion kWh per day in 2017, compared with 11.2 billion kWh per day in 2015. Hydropower is anticipated to produce 0.748 billion kWh of electricity in 2017, compared with 0.653 billion kWh in 2015.

EIA excludes pumped storage generation from its definition of hydropower and in fact does not include it in the renewable category at all.

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