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Research - AUGUST 13, 2019

U.S. wind farm development soars in second quarter 2019

by Kali Persall

Powered by strong consumer demand and an increased development pipeline at the state level, wind farm development in the United States soared in the second quarter, a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has revealed.

A record 41,801 megawatts of U.S. wind capacity are said to be currently under construction or in the advanced stages of development, which marks a 10 percent increase since 2018. In turn, the project pipeline grew by 7 percent in the second quarter, with 7,290 megawatts under construction or advanced development.

As a result, wind turbine manufacturers also have reported seeing a larger volume of orders for turbines capable of powering twice the number of homes as an average turbine.

Currently, half of all U.S. states have enough projects under way to increase their installed capacity by at least 25 percent.

"American wind power's record growth continues to accelerate, with over 200 wind farm projects under way in 33 states," said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. "Our industry's success strengthens the U.S. economy because access to affordable, clean American wind power is a competitive advantage in the eyes of business leaders. And when those businesses invest in U.S. wind energy, it directly benefits the people living and working in our country's farm, factory and port communities."

Texas hosts the most project activity, followed by Wyoming, New Mexico, Iowa and South Dakota.

To read the full report, click here.

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