U.S. installs 1,200 MW of wind capacity in 2Q 2012

The U.S. brought 2,896 MW of wind capacity online in the first half of 2012, with 1,200 MW coming online in the second quarter, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

According to AWEA’s 2Q wind industry market report, the U.S. wind industry now totals 49,802 MW of cumulative wind capacity through the first half of 2012. The industry has added more than 35 percent of all new generating capacity over the past five years, second to natural gas and more than nuclear and coal combined, the report said.

There are more than 10,300 MW of wind currently under construction in 30 states and Puerto Rico. The top five states with wind power capacity installed through 1Q 2012 are Texas, Iowa, California, Illinois and Minnesota. Ohio topped the list of states with new installations during the second quarter of 2012, followed by Illinois, California, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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