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2010 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report: Rankings

2010 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report: Rankings

AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2010

The U.S. wind energy industry grew by 15% in 2010 and provided 26% of all new electric generating capacity in the United States. With 5,116 MW added in 2010, U.S. wind installations now stand at 40,181 MW, enough to supply electricity for over 10 million homes. With the addition of projects in Delaware and Maryland, 38 states across the U.S. now have utility-scale wind turbines.

Top Five States, Total Installed End 2010

State Total Installed Capacity (MW)
Texas 10,085
Iowa 3,675
California 3,177
Minnesota 2,192
Washington 2,104

Texas again installed the largest amount of new capacity, driving it past the 10,000-MW mark in total installations. New wind projects were installed in 32 states in 2010, demonstrating the geographic diversity of wind’s appeal.

Top Five States, Most Wind Capacity Additions in 2010

State 
Capacity (MW)
Texas 680
Illinois 498
California 455
South Dakota 396
Minnesota 396

2010 witnessed strong growth in tradition wind states like Texas and California, but also saw wind resource rich states like South Dakota and Idaho more than double their installed capacity.

Top Five States, Largest Percentage of Wind Generation 2010

State
% of Electricity from Wind
Iowa 15.4%
North Dakota 12.0%
Minnesota 9.7%
South Dakota 8.3%
Kansas 7.1%

There are now 11 states that produce more than 5% of their electricity from wind. Iowa is the first state to exceed 15% wind energy generation on an annual basis.

Top Five Largest U.S. Wind Power Projects

Wind Farm Size (MW) Project Owner
Roscoe, TX 782 E.On Climate & Renewables
Horse Hollow, TX 736 NextEra Energy Resources
Capricorn Ridge, TX 663 NextEra Energy Resources
Sweetwater, TX 585 Infigen Energy/Duke Energy
Buffalo Gap, TX 523 AES

Top Five “Managing Owners” of Wind Capacity, as of the end of 2010

Project Owner Owned MW
NextEra Energy Resources 8,077
Iberdrola Renewables 4,301
Horizon EDPR 3,141
MidAmerican & Pacificorp 2,316
E.ON Climate& Renewables 1,920

Together, the top five companies own just over 49% of the installed wind capacity in the U.S. In 2010, 85% of new capacity additions were owned by independent power producers (IPPs). Utilities owned roughly 15% of new projects for the fifth consecutive year.

Top Five Utilities with the Most Wind Power on the System (MW), as of the end of 2010 (Power purchased or projects owned with the power going to the utility’s customers)

Investor-Owned Utilities Public Power Utilities Rural Electric Cooperatives
Xcel Energy 3,458 CPS Energy 859 Basin Electric 637
MidAmerican (including PacifiCorp) 3,129 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power 855 Great River Energy 469
Southern California Edison 2,058 Austin Energy 439 Minnkota Power Coop 259
Pacific Gas & Electric 1,395 MSR Power Public Agency 250 Lower Colorado River Authority** 306
American Electric Power 1,395 Southern California Public Power Authority* 233 Associated Electric Coop 306

*Does not include LADWP contracts
**LCRA is a state agency that provides wholesale power to consumer-owned utilities.

Top Five Manufacturers’ Share of Total U.S. Wind Power Fleet, as of the end of 2010

Manufacturer Market Share %, (Approximate Capacity)
GE Energy 41.3% (16,500 MW)
Vestas 17.3% (7,000 MW)
Siemens 11.6% (4,500 MW)
Mitsubishi 7.6% (3,000 MW)
Suzlon 5.2% (2,000 MW)

In 2005, there were five utility-scale turbine manufacturers with equipment installed in the year. By 2010, there were eighteen OEMs with twenty-six turbine platforms. The 1.5-MW platform turbine accounted for over 50% of 2010 capacity installations, but the average turbine size increased to 1.77-MW as the range of available utility-scale turbine sizes extend from 100-kW to 3.0-MW.

For more detailed rankings the AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2010, a product of AWEA Data Services, is available to AWEA members for free or at heavy discounts by logging onto the AWEA Member Center at www.awea.org.

Non-members can purchase the report at the AWEA Store, aweastore.summitmg.com.

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Ashley Napier is a creative, multi- media communication technologist with over ten years of progressive experience in grassroots advocacy, online communication strategy, software implementation/project management, digital media, visual design, social media and copyediting for associations/non-profits. She currently works as a systems administrator with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Before joining AWEA in 2012, Ashley worked for about 10 years at an array of associations and non-profits, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the Center for Schools and Communities. Ashley also co-founded an art collective in Philadelphia: FitzHitz. As co-founder and VP of digital media, Ashley has collaborated with many neophyte artists from developing websites to curating a photo shoots to designing awesome flyers. Ashley graduated with an M.S. in Internet Communication from Shippensburg University in 2011. She received her B.A. in Communication with a focus on visual design from Temple University in 2002.

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