Wind installations top 2,000 MW in first half of 2011

The U.S. installed 2,151 MW of wind energy in the first half of 2011, a 72 percent increase from the 1,250 MW installed in the same period last year, according to analysis from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

According to AWEA’s “U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter Market Report 2011,” an additional 7,354 MW of new capacity was under construction as of July 1. This includes 845 MW in Oregon; 802 MW in California; 769 MW in Oklahoma; 619 MW in Iowa; 611 MW in Illinois; 501 MW in Colorado and 492 MW in Texas.

The U.S. installed 1,033 MW in Q2 2011, up 46 percent from the same quarter last year. In total, the U.S. has installed 42,432 MW, with Texas leading in total installed wind capacity. Iowa, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington and Oregon complete the list of leading states.

California saw the most capacity installed in the second quarter with 420 MW. Oregon was second with 201 MW. Illinois with 150 MW, Utah with 102 MW and Ohio with 56.5 MW followed.

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