U.S. Wind Development Pipeline Up 40% In One Year

According to the report, the full pipeline of wind farms under construction or in advanced development now totals 33,449 MW, representing a 40% increase over this time last year and the highest level since this statistic was first measured at the beginning of 2016, says AWEA.

Seven new wind farms came online across seven states in the quarter, totaling 406 MW. In total, there is now 89,379 MW of installed wind capacity in the U.S. That’s more than 54,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, and enough installed capacity to power more than 27 million American homes, according to AWEA.

“Word is out that wind power is an excellent source of affordable, reliable and clean energy,” says Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Our industry is consistently growing the wind project pipeline as leading companies, including utilities and brands like AT&T and Nestle, keep placing orders. Strong demand for wind power is fueling an economic engine supporting a record 105,500 U.S. wind jobs in farm and factory towns across the nation.”

The full report can be downloaded here.