U.S. installs more than 61 GW of wind energy

The U.S. has started construction on more than 14,000 MW of wind energy and has more than 61,000 MW installed in the second quarter.

According to American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)’s “U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2014 Market Report,” another 109 projects were underway halfway through the year with 15 projects completed and online since the start of 2014.

Those additions increased U.S. wind capacity by 217 MW in the first quarter and 619 MW in the second quarter. As of June 30, U.S. wind capacity stood at 61,946 MW.

Texas tops the nation with 8,300 MW of wind energy under construction, and 12,753 MW installed. California is next with 5,829 MW installed, Iowa with 5,177 MW, Illinois at 3,568 MW, Oregon at 3,153 MW and Oklahoma with 3,134 MW installed.

There is another 6,20 MW under construction in 20 other states. New activity began this quarter in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, Michigan, Maryland, California and Indiana.

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