The United States wind power capacity grew 8 percent in 2018 to more than 96,400 megawatts, and demand from non-utility buyers grew a record amount, the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry announced last month.
Although wind energy is primarily associated with power utility companies, the American Wind Energy Association noted in a news release that in 2018, non-utility buyers – including cities, universities and Fortune 500 brands – signed long-term contracts for more than 4,200 MW in wind power, a 66 percent increase on the previous record set in 2015. Cumulative non-utility wind purchases now exceed 11,300 MW. A megawatt is equivalent to one million watts.
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