Average US wind turbine capacity and rotor diametre saw significant increases in 2016, while developers continue to deploy taller machines for projects located in lower-quality resource areas, a newly-released Department of Energy (DOE) report shows.
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Driven by tax incentives, state policies and the declining costs of more efficient equipment, DOE yesterday said wind growth is strong, with Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa leading the way.
America's wind industry added more than 8,200MW of capacity past year, representing 27 per cent of all energy capacity additions in 2016. The reports cover the following market sectors: land-based utility scale, offshore, and distributed wind.
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Utility-scale wind installations stand at more than 82 GW, and 40 states and Puerto Rico have utility-scale wind projects.
The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline includes over 20 projects totalling 24,135MW of potential installed capacity. The reports illustrate how a combination of federal subsidies, state mandates and technological advancements continue to help drive new wind capacity additions. In addition, the new wind farms will provide more than 2,000 construction jobs and about 100 permanent jobs in the states served by Xcel Energy.
And while the offshore industry is just getting started, projects in deeper waters - where traditional mounting technologies will not work - now total nearly 2 GW of announced capacity. When finished it will generate 9 million megawatt hours of wind power.
In total, US wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 992MW.