The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released its U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report and shows a 27% increase of wind capacity under construction or in advanced development. That’s roughly 29,634MW of wind to power the United States.
Wind energy developers accounted for 534MW of installed capacity this quarter alone, bringing year to date capacity to 2,892MW and total installed wind to 84,944MW. The US now has more than 52,000 wind turbines in operation across the country, including Guam and Puerto Rico.
Four states were responsible for the installation of 243 wind turbines across five project phases; Texas brought in the most MW of installed capacity at 402MW, followed by Indiana with 100MW, New Mexico with 30MW, and California with 2 MW.
According to the report, ‘GE Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Vestas installed a combined 98% of the 2,892 MW commissioned during the first three quarters of the year. New analysis on page 20 details turbine technology trends, including a preference for increased rotor diameters and rated capacities.’
Utilities are playing a major role in the expansion of and installation of wind energy as they announce new plans to develop and own 3,040MW of wind power during the last quarter of 2017. Four utility companies are responsible for 94% of total activity since 2016, while corporate customers represent 62% of total capacity for the third quarter of 2017 alone (823MW).
Anheuser-Busch, Cummins, JPMorgan Chase, and Kimberly-Clark all signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the first time in 2017 while non-utility customers have signed more than 6,460MW of PPAs to date.
Wind energy doesn’t show signs of slowing, despite regulatory hurdles and anti-wind campaigns.