Eleven new U.S. wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,821 megawatts were commissioned in first quarter 2020, and construction started on an additional 4,100 megawatts of wind power, Kallanish Energy reports.
The information was released earlier this week in the 1Q 2020 market report by the American Wind Energy Association.
It reported that the coronavirus pandemic and measures taken by governments to fight it has jeoparded 25 gigawatts of planned U.S. wind projects worth about $35 billion.
The association said the 1,821 megawatts represents a 117% increase from 1Q 2019.
That is enough electricity to power 560,000 American homes.
The top three states for new capacity were Texas with 540 megawatts, followed by Iowa with 461 megawatts and Illinois with 308 megawatts.
There were new power purchase agreements signed in the quarter for 2,859 megawatts.
There are now 107,443 megawatts of operating wind power capacity in the United States with nearly 60,000 wind turbines in 41 states and two territories, it said.
The 4,100 megawatts under construction also sets a record and has grown by 11% from the previous quarter, the association said.
That boosts the wind power under construction in the U.S. to 24,690 megawatts, it said.
The wind group based in Washington, D.C., reported that 19,751 megawatts of projects are in advance development.
Near-term wind projects in development total 44,441 megawatt, as of March 31. That includes offshore federal waters with 8,275 megawatts, followed by Texas with 7,060 megawatts, Wyoming with 4,599 megawatts and Oklahoma with 3,485 megawatts.
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