(SeeNews) - Aug 19, 2014 - The US had about 35 GW of wind projects in the development pipeline at the end of June 2014, as compared to 28 GW a year earlier, the Department of Energy (DOE) said in a report on Monday.
Of the total, about 15 GW of projects were under construction or in site preparation, 10 GW were in development and permitted, while an additional 10 GW were awaiting clearance. The wind sector is gaining speed again after a decline that followed the expiration of the federal government’s Production Tax Credit incentive scheme.
At the end of 2013, the US had 114 GW of wind projects in the interconnection queues, about 21 GW of which added in that year alone. Some 95% of this capacity is planned for Texas, the Midwest, the Northwest, California and others. Also, there were 40 GW of solar projects in the interconnection queue at the end of last year, with 11 GW fresh additions for 2013.
The DOE noted that although the projects were in the interconnection queue, there is no guarantee that they will actually be completed.