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.
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 Renewable Energy's technology chief believes the role of additive manufacturing could change the way wind turbines are produced.
Icebreaker, the $126 million 20.7MW project in Lake Erie, will not come online until 2022, two years later than the original commissioning date.
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.
The net cost of wind energy in Ireland between 2000 and 2020 amounts to less than €1 per person per year.
Two American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiaries have selected three Oklahoma wind farms with a combined capacity of nearly 1.5GW they hope to buy from Invenergy.
Utility National Grid has completed its acquisition of renewables developer Geronimo Energy.
Nordex received orders of just over 2GW in the second quarter of 2019 -- up 83% from one year ago -- with demand from the US being the "primary driver" of this growth.
A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in the US Congress requiring a 50% Renewable Energy Standard (RES) by 2035.
The use of renewable energy in providing ancillary grid services has not been discussed in the US in great detail, until now.
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