US adds 619MW wind in Q2 – AWEA

The US installed 619MW of wind capacity in the second quarter compared with none a year earlier, while developers reported more than 14.6GW of projects under construction on 30 June, according to latest data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The US had 61.946GW of installed wind generation capacity on 30 June.

First half installations totaled 835MW comprising 478 wind turbines versus one 1.6MW turbine during the same 2013 period. Still, installations lag behind historical trends with the industry emerging from another cyclical trough tied to uncertainty over whether the US Congress would extend the federal production tax credit.

During the first half, the most new wind capacity was in Texas with 400MW, followed by Nebraska (201MW0 and Michigan (136MW), according to AWEA’s Market Report.

General Electric continued its domination of the US turbine market, delivering all but 11.5MW of second quarter wind capacity, with Siemens the only other supplier.

Texas also accounts for 57% of capacity under construction nationwide, as a $6.9bn build out of the transmission system has opened some of the state’s best wind resource.

AWEA says that developers have announced more than 1.4GW of power purchase agreements through 30 June, adding to about 8GW signed in 2013. Approximately 3.8GW have not yet started construction.

Companies continue to play a more important role as buyers of wind energy. Google, IKEA, Mars and Microsoft all announced wind deals in the second quarter.

Through 30 June, Texas was the largest wind state with 12.75GW installed capacity followed by California (5.82GW), Iowa (5.17GW), Illinois (3.56GW) and Oregon (3.15GW).

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