New figures for US wind development over the second quarter 2007 show that the industry is on track to add well over 3000 MW of new capacity this year, smashing the previous record of 2454 MW.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, some 935 MW were completed during Q2 despite reports from developers that turbine availability is a limiting factor. Most of the new capacity, more than 600 MW completed in the quarter, has been installed in Texas, now standing at 3352 MW installed, followed by California with 2376 MW.

AWEA executive director Randall Swisher commented: “The US government must now put in place a full-value, long-term extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and a national standard requiring that utilities generate more electricity from renewable sources.”