U.S. wind energy continues rapid growth in 2016

Maine ranked 8th in growth of wind-power capacity in 2016, federal reports say

America's wind industry added more than 8,200MW of capacity a year ago, representing 27 per cent of all energy capacity additions in 2016.

The reports demonstrate continued growth in wind energy, the agency said, with America's wind industry adding more than 8,200 megawatts of capacity previous year, representing 27 percent of all additions.

The resource supplied about 6% of domestic electricity a year ago, and 14 states now get more than 10% of their energy from wind. Fourteen states now get more than 10% of their electricity from wind, with ME ranking 10th in in-state generation of electricity from wind power at 13.9%. Some large wind projects that could supply MA are in Maine.

The US has more than 20 offshore wind projects in the pipeline with over 24GW of potential installed capacity, according to the Department of Energy (DoE).

A new report by the federal government finds that NY is third in the nation for the number of wind energy projects built since 2003. At the same time, the prospects for growth beyond the current production tax credit or PTC cycle remain uncertain, given declining federal tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices and modest electricity demand growth, it noted.

In the past year, Iowa and South Dakota produced more than 30% of their electricity from wind, while a dozen other states topped 10%.

The wind turbine, which is financed by Cardenden Heat and Power (CHAP), the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) and the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) delivered by Scottish Investment Bank, will have guaranteed funding for 20 years by Ofgem who will be providing a "Feed In Tariff" which is also known as "Clean Energy Cashback".

The Long Island Power Authority announced a 90-megawatt wind farm off the Rhode Island coast previous year. Most of the near-term activity is concentrated in the Atlantic off the Northeast coast, but projects have been proposed in the Southeast Atlantic, the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes.

And while the offshore industry is just getting started, projects in deeper waters - where traditional mounting technologies will not work - now total nearly 2 GW of announced capacity.

Mainebiz reported in June that offshore wind development is advancing while onshore wind development is slow by comparison.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's recent Short Term Energy Outlook notes wind capacity at the end of 2016 was 81 GW, will rise to 88 GW by the end fof 2017 and 102 GW by the end of 2018. Every day USA wind workers put up an average of 10 new turbines. This helps power remote, off-grid homes and farms, as well as local schools and manufacturing facilities.

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