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Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for the
United States

The United States installed 1,087 MW of new wind power capacity in 2013. Wind energy accounted for nearly 4.1% of national electricity generation, was deployed in 40 states and territories, and represented 9.95% of new U.S. electricity generation capacity at the end of 2013, down from 43% in 2012. The reduction of installed capacity between 2012 and 2013 is largely attributed to the late extension of the production tax credit (PTC).

The distributed wind sector in the United States also continued to advance at a much slower pace in 2013, installing 26.6 MW of new capacity. Although domestic installations decreased, U.S.-based small wind manufacturers were able to take advantage of the global market and increase exports in 2013.

Offshore wind development progressed in 2013 with 14 projects representing 4.9 GW of potential capacity in advanced stages of development and the successful completion of the country’s first offshore wind lease auctions conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened three new research and testing facilities in 2013. In addition, the Wind Program launched a new research effort—Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e)—to gain a better understanding of the underlying physical processes and causal effects driving wind plant underperformance. DOE also announced 70 grants totaling 10.50 million USD (7.62 million EUR) to small businesses to develop innovative wind energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and a 1.70-million-USD (1.23-million-EUR) funding opportunity to assist small wind turbine manufacturers in lowering the cost of energy by improving components and manufacturing processes. In offshore wind research, the University of Maine deployed the world’s first concrete-composite floating platform and Wind Program researchers continued their development of computer-aided engineering design tools for floating offshore wind turbine platforms. Other areas of research included studies on the integration of large penetrations of wind, new technologies to mitigate the impacts of wind on radar, and measures to mitigate the impacts of wind energy on local bird and bat populations. DOE also launched a Collegiate Wind Competition that challenges undergraduate students to design, build, and test a small portable wind turbine and develop a business plan to market it.

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