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Larger Turbines Help Drive Growth in U.S. Wind Industry

New wind farms in the United States are increasingly installing larger, more efficient wind turbines that can generate twice as much power as older generations of turbines, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).  The association said that while most wind turbines currently in operation have a generating capacity of 2 to 3 megawatts, new turbines are being erected that can each produce from 3.5 to 4.5 megawatts of electricity. In the second quarter of this year, 22 wind-energy projects, with a combined capacity of 3,907 megawatts, purchased turbines with a generating capacity of 3.5 megawatts or higher, a 35 percent increase over the first three months of 2019, the AWEA said.  Read more....

 

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