US wind power surpasses 90GW for Q2 2018

By Olivia Minnock
The US has reached a significant milestone in terms of renewable energy, as figures show that installed wind energy surpassed 90GW...

The US has reached a significant milestone in terms of renewable energy, as figures show that installed wind energy surpassed 90GW in the second quarter of this year.

This has been reported by the American Wind Energy Association, which puts the largest-ever figure down to the addition of 626MW worth of new projects in the country.

The AWEA has also pointed out that demand has been strong for low-cost wind power not just from utilities but major corporations, namely the likes of Walmart, AT&T, Grupo Bimbo and Merck & Co.

See also:

Renewable sources in Spain reach 45.8% of total energy  

$3.4bn Scottish offshore wind farm begins powering National Grid

Read the latest issue of Energy Digital magazine

Such corporations accounted for around 56% of contracted capacity in Q2 2018, with companies favouring wind due to the stability of pricing possible through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and direct ownership of wind farms.

According to the AWEA’s press release, the low cost of wind power makes it a competitive source in the energy sector. There are currently an additional 19GW worth of new wind farms being constructed across the US.

Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive of the AWEA commented on the figures: “Wind power’s job creating energy just kicked into higher gear… All Americans will benefit as the record number of wind farms under construction begin delivering new revenue to rural communities and affordable homegrown energy to consumers.”

Share
Share

Featured Articles

UK receives £2.7bn upfront funding to boost grid capacity

Ofgem's proposed package totals £20.9bn as part of its five-year vision to build reliable and clean energy

Poland and Germany best placed for gas-to-coal switch

European countries cited as best equipped as continent cuts its dependency on Russian gas, according to a report by ING’s macroeconomics team

Leclanché fire retardant additive cuts battery fire risk

German battery cell and energy storage supplier believes new electrolyte formula composition marks a breakthrough in the safety of lithium-ion batteries

DP World receives first all-electric terminal tractor

Sustainability

Britishvolt targets larger format batteries for upscale EVs

Renewable Energy

Top 10 energy companies

Oil & Gas