After renewable energy installations dipped in 2021, industry renews call for clean energy package

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Clean energy installations in the U.S. dipped 3% in 2021 compared to 2020 as policy issues held back the potential for new wind and solar installations, according to a market report released by the American Clean Power Association (ACP). 

According to the report, the renewable energy sector installed 27,723 MW of new utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage in 2021, including 12,747 MW of wind power and 12,364 MW of solar. Battery storage notched the first multi-GW year, with 2,599 MW brought online in 2021, up more than 1,500 MW from 2020. 

The slight decline in new renewable generation installation came amid a stalemate in Washington, D.C., over clean energy incentives that stalled in Democrats’ Build Back Better Act negotiations. A group of 70 clean energy CEOs sent a letter to the White House and Congressional leadership last week asking for “swift passage” of legislation that would expand the investment tax credit (ITC) to standalone energy storage projects.

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