AWEA releases summary of 3Q 2012 wind installations

The U.S. wind industry installed 1,832.7 MW during the third quarter of 2012, bringing total U.S. wind power capacity installations to 51,630 MW and 2012 installations to 4,728 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The U.S. wind industry installed 40 percent more megawatts during the first three quarters of 2012 than the first three quarters of 2011 and the third quarter saw a 52 percent spike from the third quarter of 2011.

Kansas led the way in new installations during the third quarter of 2012, followed by Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada. Nevada became the 39th state with utility-scale wind installations through its installations in the third quarter. At least 40 utilities own or have contracted wind from projects currently online through the third quarter of 2012.

There are currently over 8,430 MW under construction across 29 states and Puerto Rico. While the third quarter remained one of the top quarters for projects under construction, it saw less than 100 MW of new construction starts due to the expiring Production Tax Credit for wind.

Every region in the U.S. has more under construction and online in 2012 than they installed in all of 2011, according to AWEA.

To read the entire 3rd Quarter 2012 summary from AWEA, click here.

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