25 Oct '11, 5pm

Wind Energy Driving Down Consumer Electric Rates

Wind Energy Driving Down Consumer Electric Rates

The U.S. industry during the third quarter installed 1,204 megawatts (MW) of electrical generating capacity versus 671 MW during the same period last year, up 79%. Year-to-date installations of 3,360 MW exceeds installations as this point in 2010 by 75%. In the third quarter of 2011, Colorado installed the most new wind capacity, with 501 MW; then Minnesota with 103 MW; Oklahoma with 130 MW; West Virginia with 98 MW; and Texas rounding out the top 5 states with 88 MW. Over 2,000 MW of new construction were started during the third quarter, bringing total under construction figures to over 8,400 MW, one of the largest under construction figures since the height in 2008. Significant under-construction numbers were reported in numerous states: More than 1,200 MW are under construction in California; more than 800 MW in in Oregon; over 700 MW in Oklahoma and Iowa; and over 600...

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