The United States’ wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 gigawatts (GW) and a total of 736 megawatts (MW) of new capacity commissioned.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) published its US Wind Industry Second Quarter 2019 Market Report, the Association’s “authoritative” analysis of the country’s wind energy industry over the previous quarter. The United States’ wind energy industry’s second quarter was dominated by strong consumer demand from Fortune 500 businesses and utilities as well as calls from several states for offshore wind projects, together creating an environment resulting in record wind capacity under construction or advanced development.

In terms of actual new wind energy capacity installed in the second quarter, the sector saw 736 MW of wind power commissioned, bringing the country’s cumulative wind energy capacity to 97,960 MW with more than 57,000 wind turbines operating across 41 states and two US territories. Combined, US wind farms now provide enough electricity to power over 30 million average US homes and is reliably providing more than 20% of the electricity in six US states.

Read the full report from Clean Technica.

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South Plains, Texas, USA
Image Credit: Vestas Wind Systems A/S