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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.

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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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