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US wind capacity up 72% in 1H, says AWEA

UNITED STATES: The US has seen a 72% increase in wind capacity over the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2010.

According to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) second quarter report, 2,151MW was installed over the period.

Highlights from AWEA’s report include:

  • Iowa passes the 20% mark in electricity generation from wind.
  • California installed 420MW during the second quarter, followed by Oregon (201MW), Illinois (150MW) and Utah (102MW).
  • Construction started on 2.5GW of new projects during the second quarter, almost treble the amount attributed to the first quarter.
  • Maryland added its second project, with a 75MW capacity, increasing its capacity by 71%.

However, AWEA warned that, although the figures were promising, the government needed to extend its ‘Production Tax Credit’ in 2012.

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