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Wind resource map at 50m above ground

A number of wind power projects are underway in the U.S. state of Washington.

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Potential capacity and legislative actions

Washington's wind facts are as follows:[1]

  • Power Capacity - Existing projects (MW): 1,980.48
  • Power Capacity - Projects under construction (MW): 169.9
  • Rank In US (by Existing Capacity): 4
  • Rank In US (by Potential Capacity): 24
  • Potential Capacity (in MW): 3740
  • Annual Energy (in billion kWh): 33

Initiative 937 requires electric utilities with 25,000 or more customers to have 15 percent of their power supply generated from renewable resources by 2020. Washington state has sales tax exemptions for wind energy. Washington state provides utility grants, loans and rebates for wind power.[2]

Historical wind power capacity

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Washington's wind power capacity (in MWs)[3] with the animated chart on the right showing historical installed wind power capacity in US states from 1999 to 2009.

Year Amount Change  % Change
1999 0 0 0.00%
2000 0 0 0.00%
2001 180 180 Error
2002 228 48 26.67%
2003 244 16 7.02%
2004 241 -4 -1.23%
2005 390 149 61.83%
2006 818 428 109.74%
2007 1,163 345 42.18%
2008 1,375 212 18.23%
2009 1,849 474 34.47%

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References

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