US brings live 1.8 GW of fresh wind in Q1, sets new construction record

Source: By Renewables Now • Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Source: Allianz SE (www.allianz.com)

April 30 (Renewables Now) – The US wind industry brought online more than 1.8 GW of wind parks in the first quarter of 2020, while construction commenced on 4.1 GW of projects.

The data was published in the first-quarter market report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) that was released on Wednesday. A total of 11 new wind parks with a combined capacity of 1,821 MW were commissioned in the three months, or more than double the installations that went live in the year-ago period, accounting for a 117% increase in annual terms. This brought the country’s cumulative installed operating wind capacity to 107,443 MW, coming from almost 60,000 turbines in 41 states and two US territories.

By state, Texas was the leader in terms of new capacity additions in the past quarter with 540 MW, followed by Iowa with 461 MW and Illinois with 308 MW. South Dakota and Michigan were also in the top-five with newly commissioned wind farms of 217 MW and 169 MW, respectively.

The January-March quarter set a record for projects entering construction after developers started building 4,142 MW of new wind farms. Thus, the total construction activity reached the record of 24,690 MW, up 11% sequentially, with an additional 19,751 MW of projects entering advanced development. The near-term project pipeline stood at 44,441 MW at the end of March.

AWEA estimates that the COVID-19 coronavirus health crisis and related measures to curb its spread is jeopardising 25 GW of planned projects, representing a combined investment of USD 35 billion (EUR 32.2bn).

“While we continue working to mitigate the challenges of COVID-19, the wind industry is committed to investing in the US economy and keeping the lights on for millions of Americans,” said AWEA’s CEO Tom Kiernan. The association noted that the wind sector will continue working with Congress to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.920)