The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has made public the figures for the third quarter of this year. According to the American Wind employer during the third quarter of 2011 in the U.S. have been installed 1204 MW. The figure, which exceeds any quarterly result since 2008, marking an increase of 79% over the same quarter of 2010 (671 MW).
The management estimates that U.S. wind power installed in the new year to date is about 3360 MW wind power, half of 1,120 MW per quarter and 75% above the result recorded at this time last year. Thus, U.S. industry appears on the mend after the sharp fall experienced throughout 2010.
Even more remarkable, even, are the 8,400 MW of wind power that are currently under construction in the country. This strong momentum is due, according to AWEA, the race to make wind projects to connect to arrive before December 31, 2012, when due the current remuneration system, a system of tax allowances called Production Tax Credit ( PTC).
According to the association, “with long years of technological innovation and a strong industrial implementation, the United States have been able to reduce the costs of wind energy.” AWEA said that “taking into account the incentives, which are all energy technologies, wind slashing cost and competitiveness with other energy sources, including shale gas, with the current unstable prices.”
However, the U.S. lacks a framework of remuneration for parks connected from January 1, 2013 and therefore, many developers have no plans to build new wind farms even for those dates, according to AWEA, which requires that U.S. Congress renews the PTC.
Otherwise, “we could lose all benefits provided to consumers,” he adds, referring to the low price of wind power. Meanwhile, during the first quarter of 2011, the state of Colorado has been the biggest market, with 501 new MW. The other five markets are Minnesota (103 MW), Oklahoma (130 MW), West Virginia (98 MW) and Texas (88 MW). In the same quarter, more than 2,000 MW have entered the construction phase: 1,200 in California, more than 800 in Oregon, more than 700 in Oklahoma and Iowa, and over 600 in the states of Illinois, Kansas and Washington. According to AWEA, the wind has been covered in the first seven months of the year by 3% of electricity consumption in the country, with a cumulative power of 43,461 MW.