AWEA reports growth in 1Q 2011

The U.S. wind power industry installed 1,100 MW of new capacity in the first quarter of 2011 and entered the second quarter with another 5,600 MW under construction, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported. The under-construction figure is nearly twice the megawatts that the industry reported at this time in both 2009 and 2010.

The first quarter’s new capacity came online in 12 different states, with some seeing double-digit growth. U.S. states with the most capacity additions so far in 2011 include: Minnesota (293 MW), Washington (252 MW), Illinois (240 MW), Idaho (119 MW), and Nebraska (81 MW).

Of the 5,600 MW currently under construction, one third is located in Oregon, Washington and California, making the West Coast a leader in wind project activity.

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