Notably, seven states now have enough wind projects under construction or in advanced stages of development to more than double their current wind capacity. Those include heartland states with land-based wind under development – Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming – as well as coastal states Maryland and Massachusetts, where offshore wind is poised to scale up, the report says.
As the industry expands, wind turbines themselves are growing much more powerful and efficient at delivering energy to American homes and businesses, the report points out. Longer blades are helping turbines capture more wind, and new wind farms are leveraging big data and machine learning to improve power output and reduce downtime by anticipating maintenance problems before they arise. These advances drive down costs and translate into major efficiency gains, AWEA explains.