Washington D.C. — The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported today in its third quarter (Q3) market report that the U.S. wind energy industry installed 1,649 megawatts (MW) of new power generating capacity in the third quarter—an amount higher than either the 2nd quarter of 2009 or the 3rd quarter of 2008—bringing the total capacity added this year to date to over 5,800 MW. AWEA also reported that wind turbine manufacturing still lags below 2008 levels, in both production and new announcements. 
The top five states in additions for new capacity added in the third quarter are:

  • Texas – 436 MW
  • Oregon – 251 MW
  • Illinois – 201 MW
  • Colorado – 174 MW
  • Wyoming – 170 MW

The top five states in total operating wind capacity are:

  • Texas – 8,797 MW
  • Iowa – 3,053 MW
  • California – 2,787 MW
  • Minnesota – 1,805 MW
  • Oregon – 1,659 MW

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