Construction & Power Contracts 2013

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  • At the end of 2013, there was more U.S. wind power capacity under construction than at any time in history. Over 12,000 MW of new wind energy capacity was under construction across 95 projects, with a record-breaking 10,900 MW starting physical work during the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • The wind projects under construction at the end of 2013 could power the equivalent of 3.5 million American homes, or all the households in Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas.
  • Wind project construction activity is currently concentrated throughout the top wind resource areas in the U.S., from North Dakota and Minnesota down through Oklahoma and Texas, with over 94% of projects under construction at the end of December 2013 falling within the Upper Midwest, Plains states and Texas. Additional projects are slated to start construction through 2014.
  • Wind-rich Texas is currently experiencing a wind rush, as over 7,000 MW of new wind capacity was under construction at the end of 2013. There is more new wind capacity under construction in Texas than is installed in any other single state.
  • A record number of long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) were signed in 2013. At least 60 PPAs for nearly 8,000 MW were initiated by utilities and corporate purchasers, of which 5,200 MW have not yet started construction.

Source: AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2013 ©

Also in the Report

  • Wind Installation & Construction, by Quarter, 2009 to 2013
  • Power Offtake Status for New Wind Capacity Installed during 2013
  • Power Offtake over Time, PPA v. Utility v. Merchant
  • List of All Power Purchase Agreements in 2013
  • List of All Wind Projects Under Construction
  • All Wind Statistics by State