U.S. Energy Report: Wind Accounted for 27 Percent of New Electricity-Generation Capacity in 2016

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享A new report from the Department of Energy indicated 8,200 MW of wind capacity was established nationwide in 2016, representing 27 percent of all new capacity added.Last year wind supplied six percent of all U.S. electricity, with 14 states now generating more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind. Iowa and South Dakota produce more than 30 percent from wind. Texas leads the nation in terms of total capacity with over 2 GW of wind.Wind prices, established through power purchase agreements, are cost-competitive with traditional power sources in many parts of the nation.The Energy Department said near-term growth is supported by production tax credits, state-level policies and improvements of both the cost and performance of wind power technology. However, the report cautioned growth prospects further out remain uncertain in light of declining federal tax support, expectations for natural gas prices and modest electricity demand growth.Offshore wind has grown as well, with 20 projects totaling 24,135 MW are in development. Most are in the Atlantic off the northeast coast, though others have been proposed in the southeast coast, the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.Additionally, 1,993 MW of capacity has been proposed in floating offshore projects.Wind Power Represented 27 Percent of All New Capacity in 2016 U.S. Energy Report: Wind Accounted for 27 Percent of New Electricity-Generation Capacity in 2016last_img

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