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Minnesota sees growing wind energy capacity
11 August 2017, 03:06 | Joann Bryant
US offshore pipeline 'tops 24GW'
Colorado is in the top 10 states for wind energy, according to reports issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Overall, America's wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity a year ago, representing 27% of all energy capacity additions in 2016.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) launched American Wind Week, Aug. 6 to 12, 2017 to acknowledge US leadership in wind power, along with economic and environmental benefits of wind as the industry expands to meet the country's growing demand for energy. Xcel Energy's wind plans are projected to generate almost $400 million in property taxes over the lives of the projects; benefiting local schools, fire departments and other services.
The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline includes over 20 projects totalling 24,135MW of potential installed capacity. "As our reports explain, a combination of federal subsidies, state mandates and technological advancements continue to help drive new wind-capacity additions". In 2016, wind supplied about 6 percent of US electricity. United States manufacturers continued to dominate domestic sales of small wind turbines (up through 100 kilowatts), and half of USA small wind turbine manufacturers also export their products to other countries.
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· Of the USA projects in deeper waters, where traditional bottom-mounted technologies are not feasible, proposed floating offshore wind projects now total 1,993 MW of announced capacity.
ME is also home to the proposed 12-megawatt Aqua Ventus offshore wind project, the agency noted.
Mainebiz reported in June that offshore wind development is advancing while onshore wind development is slow by comparison. "That's why we're seeing such a huge growth in the wind energy in Minnesota". Every day US wind workers put up an average of 10 new turbines.
· This capacity comes from roughly 77,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single megawatt is enough to power 360 to 500 homes.
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