Right now, the wind industry is skyrocketing owing to the increasing demands and an alternative to the costly sources. In the US, the wind developers have started installing massive turbines that can generate double the amount of power than their ancestors. The developers want to open up a completely new avenue in terms of wind development for the country. This new trend has come up at a very crucial time for the industry. By the end of the year, the production tax credit, which means the federal subsidy, is almost about to end. It is nothing like the previous years, as even if the wind development was to halt or subsidies were to evaporate, still there would just be a slowdown. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Vice President of Research and Analytics John Hensley, wind energy is the most competitive form of energy.
The turbine technology can be seen used by 6 land-based projects with a capacity of 767 Megawatts and these turbines are found to generate 3.5 MW or more power. In the present, the turbine capacity range from 2 to 3 MW. The ones with a capacity of 3.4 to 3.6 MW showed only 14% installation in Q2. Currently, it has been reported that there is an increase in the larger turbine demand in the last 3 Months of 2019. First, only 4 MW machines were ordered but now the 2,190 MW turbines are being ordered from the second quarter.
The large turbines mean few towers, more energy, low project cost, and low footprint. The Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and West Coast are the current target. Texas still continues to be the leader in wind energy generation in the US. Similarly, it has been reported that Lone Star State already has turbines with a capacity of 25.6 GW. AWEA’s report also shows many more wind projects and one of which is the 7.6 GW turbine constructions in Texas. Another one is the 1.4 GW turbine project. The companies are planning to use federal money to finish their construction by the end of 2019.