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Wind tops US renewables chart

Sector surpasses hydro with more than 82GW installed says AWEA

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Wind has surpassed hydropower to become the largest source of renewable energy capacity in the US, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

At the end of 2016, the US wind fleet totaled 82,183MW, compared with about 80GW for hydro, AWEA said in its ‘Fourth Quarter 2016 US Wind Industry Market Report’.

Wind power is now the fourth largest source of generating capacity, behind gas, coal and nuclear in the US, the report added.

A total of 6478MW of new wind capacity was added in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 8203MW for the year, representing more than $13.8bn in new investment, AWEA said.

The association added that wind now supports more American jobs than nuclear, natural gas, coal or hydro plants.

AWEA chief executive Tom Kiernan said: “American wind power is now the number one source of renewable capacity, thanks to more than 100,000 wind workers across all 50 states.”

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