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US wind additions peak in Q3 with almost 2 GW of new installs

The Trent Mesa wind farm in Texas. Photo: Business Wire.

November 1 (Renewables Now) - The US added 1,927 MW of new wind power generation capacity in the third quarter of 2019, so the country’s cumulative installed capacity crossed the 100-GW threshold.

This was announced on Thursday by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The US had 100.13 GW of installed wind capacity at the end of September. This comes from over 57,700 turbines across 41 states and two US territories, the combined output of which is enough to supply 32 million US homes and save around 240 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

The July-September period marked a new record in terms of capacity additions. In the busiest third quarter ever developers rushed to complete their projects ahead of the planned phase-out of the federal production tax credit (PTC). Eight wind power plants were brought online in the quarter, including 1,232 MW in Texas. Kansas and New Mexico added 475 MW and 221 MW, respectively, in the period.

“Wind power is growing rapidly, especially with a major new market opportunity offshore. Americans will reap the benefits of the next 100 GW of clean, reliable wind energy in much less time and at lower cost,” said AWEA’s CEO Tom Kiernan.

Wind installations reached 3,667 MW in the first nine months of 2019, representing a 123% jump year-on-year. The country’s pipeline of projects under construction or in advanced stages of development, meanwhile, grew by a record 10,090 MW in the third quarter alone, after construction was launched on 3,945 MW of new wind parks and an additional 6,145 MW of projects entered advanced development. This boosted the near-term wind project pipeline to 46,495 MW, including 5,792 MW of offshore wind.

According to AWEA’s data, the wind industry supports 114,000 jobs and 500 factories and delivers USD 1 billion (EUR 896.3m) in lease payments, state and local taxes each year.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.896)

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