Zero US wind installations in second quarter of 2013

The US wind industry came to a halt this year with no new installations completed in the second quarter of 2013. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

The US wind industry came to a halt this year with no new installations completed in the second quarter of 2013.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the wind power sector “slowed dramatically” in the first half of 2013 due to the late extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and “historic levels” of installation at the end of 2012.

Its report states only 1.6MW of new wind power were installed in the country in the first quarter of this year, bringing the total installed capacity to 60,009MW.

The AWEA, however, suggested activity is “picking up”, with utilities announcing more than 1,300MW of self-builds and as of the end of June, 1,280MW were under construction in eight states. At least 25 long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) have also been signed or announced this year across 11 states, totalling more than 3,950MW.

The report also stated 22 requests for proposals have been issued in 2013 so far for wind-inclusive energy, of which 11 are wind-specific.

A report earlier this month showed the US was the second largest investor in clean energy in the second quarter this year.