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Nearly 42,000 MW of wind capacity coming to US  


    Nearly 42,000 megawatts of U.S. wind turbine capacity was either under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter, the American Wind Energy Association (Awea) reports.

    Construction activity reached a new record of 20,908 MW at the end of the quarter, with an additional 20,892 MW in advanced developmen, Kallanish Energy reports.

    The combined 41,801 MW represents a 10% year-over-year increase and a new record for the industry, the Awea found.

    Projects totaling 4,448 MW started construction and another 2,842 MW entered advanced development during the second quarter. The combined 7,290 MW marks the second-highest volume of new announcements on record.

    Fifteen states have over 1,000 MW under construction or advanced development. Texas hosts 22% of the total development pipeline, followed by Wyoming (12%), New Mexico (7%), Iowa, (6%), and South Dakota (5%).

    In terms of offtake, 47% of capacity in the pipeline has a power purchase agreement (Ppa) in place, while 20% is utility-owned and 8% has a hedge contract.

    The U.S. wind industry installed 736 MW of new wind power capacity in the second quarter of 2019. The industry has commissioned 1,577 MW in the first half of the year, a 53% increase over the first half of 2018.

    Project owners commissioned four new projects in two states in the second quarter. Texas led with 734 MW installed, followed by California with 2 MW.

    There are now 97,960 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity in the U.S., with more than 57,000 wind turbines operating across 41 states and two U.S. territories.

    Offshore wind also saw significant activity in the second quarter, with new offshore projects legislated in Maryland (1,200 NW), Connecticut (2,000 MW), and New York (9,000 MW).

    New Jersey granted its first offshore renewable energy certificate (Orec) award to Orsted for its 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project.


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