U.S. Wind Power Installations Fall to 2007 Levels in Q2: Report

August 4, 2010

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported on July 27 that only 700 megawatts (MW) of wind power was added in the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, and painted a cloudy picture overall. AWEA noted that Q2 wind power installations dropped by 57% and 71% from 2008 and 2009 levels, respectively. The total installed U.S. wind capacity is now more than 36,300 MW. The trade group also pointed out that manufacturing investment lags below 2008 and 2009 levels.

According to AWEA, the 700 MW that was installed brought the first half U.S. total to 1,239 MW, a capacity level similar to 2007. And, even with more than 5,500 MW now under construction, AWEA projects that 2010 installations will likely be 25%-45% lower than 2009 installations. Beyond 2010, the amount of construction in the pipeline also drops off. Texas installed the most new wind power—202 MW—in Q2 with the Penescal II project for Iberdrola Renewables, providing power for San Antonio and the South Texas Electric Cooperative. Delaware added its first utility-scale project in the second quarter, a one-turbine project built by the University of Delaware. This brings the number of states with utility-scale installations to 37. One bright spot was that wind turbine orders saw a slight uptick in Q2, mostly for 2010 delivery. However, only two new wind power manufacturing facilities came online in the first half of 2010, compared to seven in 2008 and five in 2009. See the AWEA press release and the AWEA Mid-Year 2010 Market Report (PDF 541 KB). Download Adobe Reader.