Fourth quarter highlights include
2020 Wind Project Installations
- The U.S. wind industry installed 10,593 MW of new wind power capacity in the fourth quarter of 2020, the highest quarter on record. In fact, more wind was installed at the end of 2020, then any other year except
- 2020 was a banner year for the wind industry. Developers commissioned 16,913 MW, representing an 85 percent increase over 2019.
- Project owners commissioned 54 new projects across 20 states in the fourth quarter. Texas led with 2,197 MW installed, followed by Wyoming (895 MW), Oklahoma (866), Iowa (861 MW), and Missouri (786
- There are now 122,468 MW of operating wind power capacity in the United States, with over 60,000 wind turbines operating across 41 states and two U.S. territories.
Wind Capacity Under Construction and in Advanced Development
- Projects totaling 34,757 MW were under construction (17,302 MW) or in advanced development (17,455 MW) at the end of December.
- Projects totaling 3,334 MW started construction in the fourth quarter and 500 MW entered advanced development.
- There are currently 10 states with over 1,000 MW in the near-term pipeline. Federal waters host 26% of the total development pipeline, followed by Texas (13%), Wyoming (10%), Oklahoma (7%), and Kansas (5%).
Wind Power Procurement Activity
- Project developers and power purchasers reported 700 MW of new PPAs in the fourth quarter, bringing PPA activity for the year to 5,444 MW.
- Corporate PPA activity declined this quarter, with only one announcement of 200 MW.
Turbine Technology Trends
- GE Renewable Energy led turbine installations in 2020, capturing 53% of the market through December.
- Vestas ranks second with 35%, followed by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with 10% and Nordex USA with 3%.
- Project owners completed 2,899 MW of partial repowerings in 2020. GE Renewable Energy led this market segment as well, repowering 2,086 MW. Vestas repowered 774 MW and Siemens Gamesa repowered 39 MW in the year.
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