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U.S. wind power capacity additions 2006-2019

In 2019, U.S. wind power capacity additions reached approximately 9.14 gigawatts, a slight increase from the previous year. Overall, among renewable energy sources, solar generation has been higher than that of wind energy and seen more growth over the past decade.

Energy after recession

When crude oil prices increased during the financial crisis, investors began to consider how to make other sources more cost-effective. Post-Recession investments included clean energy, but also largely focused on developing new methods to extract more fossil fuels such as natural gas. In general, fossil fuel subsidies worldwide have increased for oil and natural gas between 2010 to 2012 and have been on the rise again since 2016.

International investments in clean energy

U.S. investment in clean energy drastically increased from 2004 to around the time of the financial crisis, and has since grown at a slower and more variable rate. Currently, the United States ranks second worldwide, in terms of new investment in renewable energy. In 2019, China invested much more into renewables than the United States. Other countries, such as Japan, India, and Brazil also had notable clean energy investments.

Capacity additions of wind energy in the U.S. from 2009 to 2019 (in megawatts)*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Quarterly figures were added to provide annual data.

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