AWEA: Wind capacity up, manufacturing down in 3Q

20 October 2009– The American Wind Energy Association said the U.S. wind industry installed 1,649 MW of new generating capacity in the third quarter, more than the second quarter of this year and the third quarter of 2008. The total capacity added this year-to-date is 5,800 MW.

However, AWEA’s third quarter market report also said wind turbine manufacturing still lags behind 2008 levels in both production and new announcements.

The wind industry had more than 1,600 MW of completed projects and more than 1,700 MW of construction starts since July, which equals about $6.5 billion in new investment. AWEA said it does not expect fourth quarter 2009 to do as well as fourth quarter 2008 since the 5,000 MW currently under construction is already 38 percent lower than 2008’s amount in the same time period.

Arizona had the fastest growth rate in the third quarter with 65 MW installed, which was also the state’s first utility-scale wind project. Texas still leads the nation in new capacity added in the third quarter at 436 MW and for total operating wind capacity at 8,797 MW.

The report said total wind capacity in the country stands at more than 31,000 MW, reducing expected carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2.5 percent.
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