New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Number of New Wind Power Installations Fall, 20GW of Capacity Being Developed

By Editors of Power Engineering

A new report from the American Wind Energy Association indicates new wind energy installations fell 44 percent in the third quarter, though wind power capacity for projects under development continues to grow.

An estimated 895 installations were reported in the United States during the third quarter, down from 1,603 in the third quarter of 2015, according to the association’s quarterly report.

Year-to-date installations now stand at 1,725, down from 5,322 for the first nine months of last year.

However, wind power capacity for projects under construction or in advanced development reached 20.280 GW.

“To put the 20 gigawatts of wind capacity under development in perspective, consider that the entire U.S. wind fleet just recently passed 75 gigawatts,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA.

The report said Iowa now gets the biggest proportion of its electricity from wind than any other state at 35 percent.

Additionally, 729 MW of power purchase agreements from wind developments were signed during the third quarter.

Texas had the largest amount wind capacity installed in the third quarter with 620 MW, followed by Minnesota at 200 MW, Maine at 43 MW, Rhode Island at 12 MW and Oregon at 10 MW.

Texas also has the largest total wind power at 18.531 GW, followed by Iowa at 6.365 GW, California with 5.662 GW and Oklahoma with 5.453 GW.

The two largest wind developments completed in the third quarter are the 200-MW Odell project in Minnesota from Geronimo Energy and the 42.9-MW Passadumkeag project in Maine from Quantum Utility Generation.