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article imageUS wind farm development sees record growth in second quarter

By Karen Graham     Aug 5, 2019 in Business
US wind farm development activity rose to a new high point in the second quarter of 2019, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
According to the AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2019 Market Report, a record 41,801 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind capacity is currently under construction or in advanced stages of development, representing a 10 percent increase in activity at this time last year.
“Our industry’s success strengthens the US 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,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
The wind industry is expanding all across the country, with over 200 wind projects underway in 33 states, and 15 of those states have over 1,000 MW of wind capacity that will come online in the near term. Texas leads the way with the most activity (9,015 MW).
U.S. Wind Power Cumulative Installed Capacity  by State
U.S. Wind Power Cumulative Installed Capacity, by State
American Wind Energy Association
Texas is followed by Wyoming (4,831 MW), New Mexico (2,774 MW), Iowa (2,623 MW), and South Dakota (2,183 MW). In the broader picture, about half of all states have enough projects underway to grow their wind capacity by 25 percent or more.
Offshore wind projects also saw increased activity during the second quarter. Maryland (1,200 MW), Connecticut (2,000 MW), and New York (9,000 MW) passed legislation allowing for new offshore projects, while New Jersey granted its first offshore renewable energy certificate (OREC) award to Orsted’s 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project - so far, the largest offshore project planned in the U.S.
Orsted also recently secured the 880-megawatt Sunrise Wind project in New York. The state also chose Equinor's 816-megawatt Empire Wind project. The two deals add up to what New York officials are saying is the largest renewable procurement in the nation's history, according to GreenTech Media.
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