A record year for the U.S. Wind Industry
A report by American Clean Power, shows the US Wind industry increased its capacity by 85% in 2020, making it the strongest year to date*. In fact, 2020’s fourth quarter alone, outperformed 2019.
Some highlights in the report include:
The U.S. wind industry installed 10,593 MW of new wind power capacity in the fourth quarter of 2020, the highest quarter on record.
Developers commissioned 16,913 MW, representing an 85 percent increase over 2019.
Project owners commissioned 54 new projects across 20 states in the fourth quarter. Texas led with 2,197 MW installed, followed by Wyoming (895 MW), Oklahoma (866), Iowa (861 MW), and Missouri (786 MW).
There are now 122,468 MW of operating wind power capacity in the United States, with over 60,000 wind turbines operating across 41 states and two U.S. territories.
Despite a turbulent year, America’s demand for clean energy to power their homes, advancements in technology and more competitive pricing, drove the record growth.
It remains uncertain whether wind power can be a dominant source of energy. After Texas was nearly brought to a halt from extreme winter weather, diverse energy sources remain necessary. However, the wind industry continues to be a player in making America produce clean, renewable and independent energy.
*Download the complete report here: https://cleanpower.org/resources/american-clean-power-market-report-q4-2020/