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Massachusetts Poised to Target More Offshore Wind

LCG, August 2, 2018--The Massachusetts Legislature approved H4857, An Act to Advance Clean Energy, on Tuesday that includes: an increase in the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goals to 35 percent by 2030, a 1,000 MW energy storage goal by 2025, and a path to install an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity. With the current goal of installing 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity, the total offshore wind capacity would be 3,200 MW. The legislation will now be received by the Governor of Massachusetts.

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Pattern Development Completes Power Purchase Agreements for 200 MW Wind Project in New Mexico

LCG, August 1, 2018--Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) yesterday announced it has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200 MW Duran Mesa Wind project currently in development near Corona, New Mexico. SVCE has signed a PPA for 110 MW, and MBCP has signed a PPA for 90 MW.

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AWEA Issues Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report

LCG, January 31, 2018--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released its new U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA reports new wind turbine installations have added 4,125 MW of electric generating capacity during the fourth quarter, bringing year-to-date installations to a total of 7,017 MW. There is now 89,077 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity in the U.S., with over 54,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. In addition to new installed wind capacity, 2,136 MW of partial repowerings were completed during 2017. At this pace, the installed wind capacity may soon exceed the total nameplate capacity of U.S. nuclear generating units, which now total approximately 105,000 MW.

Texas continues to lead the U.S., with a total installed capacity of 22,637 MW. Oklahoma, with 851 MW installed in 2017 and a cumulative total of 7,495 MW, has now surpassed Iowa, with 7,308 MW. California (5,609 MW) and Kansas (5,110 MW) retain fourth and fifth place ranking.

AWEA estimates that the combined wind power capacity under construction (13,332 MW) and in advanced development (15,336 MW) is 28,668 MW. Of this new capacity, 30 percent of all activity is located in the Midwest region, 21 percent is located in the Plains states, followed by 20 percent in the Mountain West states and 20 percent Texas.

Four wind turbine companies dominated the installations. GE Renewable Energy, Nordex USA, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Vestas captured a combined 99 percent of the U.S. turbine market for new installations during 2017. Moreover, GE Renewable Energy installed 79 percent of the partially repowered capacity in 2017.
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