U.S. wind capacity grew 8% in 2018, AWEA says

Texas wind farm

U.S. wind power capacity increased 8% in 2018 to 96,433 MW of installed capacity — more than double the capacity in 2010, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2018.

This report, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says that in 2018, wind turbines generated 6.5% of all the electricity delivered to U.S. consumers. The U.S. now has enough installed wind capacity to power more than 30 million American homes. Wind projects installed in 2018 represent more than $12 billion in new private investment. Wind delivers more than 20% of the electricity produced in six states: Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Maine.

The wind industry has a record amount of generation set to come on line in the near future, with 35,135 MW of wind capacity either under construction or in advanced development across 31 states.

America’s offshore wind sector is also poised to rapidly scale up from the current single, 30-MW project to six offshore wind projects totaling 2,101 MW that are expected to be operational by 2023. And at the end of 2018, project developers had a potential offshore wind pipeline of more than 25,500 MW.

In addition, the report reveals that U.S. wind power supports 114,000 American jobs and more than 500 domestic factories and provides more than $1 billion a year in revenue for states and communities that host wind farms.

“Wind power’s record-breaking year shows our industry is leading the way to a cleaner, stronger 21st Century U.S. economy,” said Tom Kiernan, chief executive officer of AWEA. “America’s least expensive source of new electricity generation is also clean and inexhaustible, which gives our economy an edge in the global marketplace.”

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Elizabeth Ingram is hydro managing editor for Clarion Energy, responsible for the Hydro Review website at HydroWorld.com and the HydroVision International event.

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