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Wind Energy Rebounds in Second Quarter of 2011: AWEA

August 10, 2011

Photo of large wind turbines in a field.

U.S. wind energy capacity expanded in the second quarter of 2011 according to industry group AWEA.
Credit: Todd Spink

U.S. wind energy continued to rebound in the second quarter, according to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on August 4. The group reported 2,151 megawatts (MW) of electrical generating capacity were installed in the first half of 2011 versus 1,250 MW installed during the same time in 2010, a 72% increase. An additional 7,354 MW of new capacity was under construction by July 1, more than at any time since the third quarter of 2008, the AWEA report noted.

During the second quarter, California installed the most capacity (420 MW), followed by Oregon (201 MW), Illinois (150 MW), Utah (102 MW), and Ohio (56.5 MW) with its first utility-scale wind farm. Also, construction began on the first utility-scale wind farm in Nevada. In terms of total installed capacity, Texas is followed by Iowa, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, and Oregon. Since 2007, wind energy has accounted for 35% of the new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity. See the AWEA press release and the second quarter reportPDF.