The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), released yesterday the “U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report”, with great news from the wind power industry in the United State to the “American economy”. “New wind farms drove $11 billion in private investment, with more on the way”, closing 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity and 29 new wind farms across 16 states in the last quarter. Total wind power capacity closed at 89,077 GW in 2017.
Tom Kieran, AWEA CEO said: “Wind delivered big results for the U.S. economy in 2017. Building new wind farms keeps American factory and construction workers busy, while breathing new life into farming and ranching communities”. “This American success story will continue, with the wind project construction and advanced development pipeline four times greater than the amount installed in 2017. That means tens of billions in additional infrastructure investment is on its way to the United States of America.”
Texas remains the industry leader, for new wind capacity, with 1,179 MW installed, followed by Oklahoma (851 MW), Iowa (334 MW), Illinois (306 MW), and Missouri (300 MW).