The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its latest U.S. Wind Industry Market Report for the second quarter of 2017 which showed a 40% increase in wind development.
A total of 29 wind energy projects were either starting the construction phase or in advanced stages of development in Q2, making up a total of 25819MW.
CEO of AWEA, Tom Kiernan said, “The path to unlocking America’s full energy potential is clear with another strong jump in the number of wind projects moving forward. Wind energy makes our power system more reliable and resilient and protects consumers by diversifying our energy mix. The wind industry is propelling American energy production, manufacturing, and job creation into the 21st Century.”
Kansas has become the fifth US state to pass the 5000MW mark of installed wind energy after a large 178MW project was completed. The state now generates enough electricity through wind energy to power 1.5 million households while providing roughly 6000 jobs and paying out $15 million annually to landowners like farmers and ranchers.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback commented: “In my first State of the State speech in January of 2011, I said that Kansas was already known as the Wheat State and the Sunflower State, but that I wanted Kansas to also be known as the Renewables State. Fast forward six years, and Kansas has made major strides to achieving that lofty goal. Today, Kansas can officially say it has joined the “5,000 Megawatt Club” a distinction only four other states have achieved. But, we don’t intend to stop. A year ago, I announced another goal for Kansas – to be powered 50% by renewable energy by January 2019 – one of the most aggressive renewable energy policies in the country. Here’s to the next 5,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity in Kansas and the jobs, businesses and private capital it brings to all parts of our great State.”