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U.S. Wind Development Reaches Highest Recorded Levels

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By Editors of Power Engineering

A combined 29,634 MW in new U.S. wind facilities are either under construction or in advanced development, which is the highest level recorded by the American Wind Energy Association.

That total is also a 27 percent gain in the amount of wind capacity under development as of the third quarter of 2016, the association said in its U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report. Approximately 30 percent of the new construction is in the Midwest, with another 23 percent in Texas, 20 percent in Mountain West states and 18 percent in Plains states.

Wind developers finished 534 MW of wind capacity during the third quarter, bringing year-to-date installations to 2,892 MW. Of that total, 98 percent was installed by GE Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Vestas.

There are now 84,944 MW of installed wind capacity in the United States, with more than 52,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Some of the biggest new wind projects announced include AEP’s 2 GW Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma and Alliant Energy’s 500 MW New Wind II project in Iowa.

Corporate customers accounted for 62 percent of total project capacity contracted in the third quarter.

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