U.S. wind generation increased 16% year over year during the first half of 2017, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.
Nine of the 10 states with the most wind generation saw a first-half 2017 increase in electricity output of at least 3% year over year. Of those states, Kansas had the largest year-to-year increase in net wind generation, at 35.9%. North Dakota and Oklahoma also saw wind generation increase at least 30%. Washington state, however, saw its wind generation decline by 14.7% as hydroelectric power production increased by 14.4%.
S&P Global Market Intelligence's analysis includes wind plants reporting generation to the EIA in any of the six first halves of 2012 to 2017.
According to the analysis, 11,580 MW of wind capacity has come online since the beginning of 2016, including 6,681 MW in high-wind areas such as Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
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