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Record 13,124 MW of new wind capacity was added in 2012, AWEA says


From the February 12, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 12, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The U.S. wind energy industry installed 13,124 MW of new wind capacity in 2012, approximately 42 percent of all new generating capacity added last year, the American Wind Energy Association said. The 13,124 MW of new wind capacity far surpassed the industry’s previous record of 10,000 MW installed in 2010, the association said. All renewables accounted for over 55 percent of all new generating capacity in 2012, AWEA said. Cumulative wind capacity now stands at 60,007 MW.

The new wind capacity came from from 190 projects across 32 states plus Puerto Rico, AWEA said. A total of 66 utilities bought or owned wind power in 2012, up from 42 in 2011.

In last year’s fourth quarter alone, 8,380 MW were installed, AWEA said. This was due in large part to impending expiration (at the end of 2012) of the federal production tax credit, AWEA said. However, the production tax credit was extended by Congress as part of the "fiscal cliff package," the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

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