United States

Windpower Monthly rating 4/5

Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

The United States is enjoying a relatively prolonged period of policy certainty following the 2016 decision to phase out its key incentive, the Production Tax Credit, over five years.

For almost two decades, the regular one- or two-year extensions, often as the incentive was about to expire, created a boom-and-bust cycle confusing developers and scaring off investors.

Some uncertainty remains post the 2021-end of the tax incentive, but the industry is confident it can operate at market prices by that time, with the rise of corporate power purchase deals becoming an important driver.

Much policy is directed at state level, with some states such as Texas and Iowa more friendly towards wind projects.

Transmission becoming a bigger issue, as the country starts needing to ship the vast amounts of generation in central and mid-west states to load centres of coastal cities. 

This offers an opportunity to offshore wind, which can be placed closer to major cities. Still in its infancy, the US could have over 12GW of offshore wind capacity in the first half of the next decade. 

United States In-Depth

US wind continues to grow as economics beats Trump rhetoric

Donald Trump won the US presidential election in November 2016 with a promise to revitalise the country's coal industry.

Milestone or millstone? GE's 40-year turbine lifetime

Milestone or millstone? GE's 40-year turbine lifetime

Turbine manufacturer GE Renewable Energy and certification body TÜV Nord unveiled a 40-year design certification for one of the US manufacturer's onshore models in May, with plans to expand it across more products. But will this new evaluation become more widespread in the industry? Sara Knight looks at the pros and cons.

GE takes aviation's 'disruptive' technology into turbine design

GE takes aviation's 'disruptive' technology into turbine design

GE Renewable Energy's technology chief believes the role of additive manufacturing could change the way wind turbines are produced.

Great lakes project delayed as it tackles freezing water

Great lakes project delayed as it tackles freezing water

Icebreaker, the $126 million 20.7MW project in Lake Erie, will not come online until 2022, two years later than the original commissioning date.

Is Trump's America ready for the Green New Deal?

Is Trump's America ready for the Green New Deal?

They are both New Yorkers and avid Twitter users, but in all other respects US president Donald Trump and congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez couldn't be further apart. We assess the current state of the union over climate-change action and renewable-energy policy.

Latest United States news

US solar relief extension would 'devastate' wind

Onshore wind power will be disadvantaged when its key support mechanism in the US expires next year, while solar PV retaining a tax deduction will make it more competitive, analysts believe.

Facebook signs latest PPA

Social media giant Facebook has inked a new power purchase agreement with what will be the single-largest wind project in Texas, as the corporate PPA market continues apace in the US.

New technology bolsters US output

Longer blades and taller towers are having a dramatic effect on wind project output in the US, according to the Department of Energy (DoE).

Storage developer buys into Texas wind

Glidepath Power Solutions is buying eight wind projects with a combined capacity of 149MW near Amarillo in Texas.

'Up to 85GW corporate PPA demand through to 2030'

The renewable energy demands of the 1,000 biggest companies in the US could create a need for up to 85GW of corporate procurement through to 2030, according to new research.

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