Renewable energy forecast to grow 9 percent in 2016

Wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. stand at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
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The  surge in renewable energy in the United States will continue for another year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Tuesday.

The government forecasts growth in wind, solar, and hydroelectric power will push generation from renewable sources up 9 percent in 2016.

On a percentage basis the largest gains are expected to come in solar energy, which is anticipated to grow 28 percent. Generation from wind turbines is anticipated to increase 16 percent.

The report follows a vote in Congress last year to extend federal tax credits for renewables, but the EIA said “most utility-scale plants” beginning operation this year were already under development.

Hydroelectric dams, which account for more than a third of the renewable electricity in this country, are also expected to gain from what is anticipated to be a wet year due to the El Nino weather cycle. Generation from those dams is expected to grow 5 percent this year.