April 29 (Renewables Now) - The US wind industry hit a new record after announcing 6,146-MW pipeline of projects under construction and development in the first quarter of 2019, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said on Friday.
Those projects have brought the country’s overall construction and advanced development pipeline to a new high of 39,161 MW, representing an increase of 11% in sequential terms. According to AWEA’s US Wind Industry First Quarter 2019 Market Report, some 17,213 MW of the total projects were under construction across 21 states at end-March and 21,949 MW were at an advanced stage of development.
“With nearly 40,000 MW in development, America’s largest source of renewable energy generating capacity is on a path to grow by 40 percent in the near term,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA.
The US saw the commissioning of 841 MW of wind farms in the first quarter of 2019, bringing the country’s cumulative installed capacity to 97,223 MW. Project developers signed 2,717 MW of power purchase agreements (PPAs), with utilities accounting for almost all of the contracts.