COLORADO CLINGS TO ITS TOP 10 SPOT FOR WIND CAPACITY
Colorado clung to its spot among the top 10 states for wind-power generation capacity, but a glance into the future suggests that the state will be booted off.
The Centennial state maintains 3,026 megawatts of wind capacity and is expected to add 676 megawatts once its current and planned construction projects finish, according to data from the U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2017 Market Report.
But new turbines in other states, such as North Dakota’s 915 megawatts currently in construction or advanced construction, will likely bump Colorado to the No. 11 spot.
Denmark-based wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems, which has three Colorado plants, had 92 percent of the market share in the second quarter, deploying 129 turbines, according to the market report.
Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, which is a major power supplier in Colorado, is the utility with the most installed wind capacity, at 3,460 megawatts..