Editorial

U.S. wind production tanks in Q1 2015

Last April, Reuters and others reported poor winds in some western states during the first quarter of 2015. 
 
We checked the preliminary production data released by the Energy Information Administration for that period and, sure enough, the production numbers were way down. The attached spreadsheet compares Q1'15 performance against the same period in 2014. A summary of the capacity factors for the states reporting wind project information is provided below. The full data can be accessed by downloading the attachment on this page.
 
Texas, California, Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois, which account for 50% of total installed wind in the US, each experienced significant reductions in output for the first quarter. NextEra Energy confirmed the reduction in Texas performance during its first quarter earnings conference call. 

SPREADSHEET PREPARED BY WINDACTION.ORG 
Based on U.S. EIA-923 Monthly Time Series File
2014 and 2015 Q1       
       
State MW  Q1'2015
CF
Q1'2014
CF
Arizona 227 15.8% 21.0%
California 5,182 13.2% 19.8%
Colorado 2,299 36.4% 40.9%
Hawaii 171 21.0% 18.3%
Iowa 4,977 40.8% 44.4%
Idaho 532 28.3% 42.0%
Illinois 3,524 38.0% 42.3%
Indiana 1,537 32.6% 29.8%
Kansas 2,898 41.0% 46.5%
Massachusetts 29 41.7% 52.4%
Maryland 120 38.6% 37.6%
Maine 401 40.1% 36.3%
Michigan 1,374 37.9% 36.7%
Minnesota 2,440 42.4% 45.5%
Missouri 454 29.3% 35.5%
Montana 605 46.4% 43.5%
North Dakota 1,767 42.8% 49.8%
Nebraska 518 49.4% 53.2%
New Hampshire 147 36.7% 34.6%
New Mexico 773 23.1% 40.8%
Nevada 152 22.1% 22.0%
New York 1,712 33.5% 32.8%
Ohio 403 37.6% 41.7%
Oklahoma 3,158 36.2% 45.1%
Oregon 3,044 15.3% 23.7%
Pennsylvania 1,278 39.2% 40.0%
South Dakota 779 47.4% 50.4%
Tennessee 29 22.2% 26.4%
Texas 12,308 27.5% 37.7%
Utah 306 16.5% 24.2%
Vermont 109 39.1% 33.1%
Washington 2,724 20.6% 29.5%
Wisconsin 608 33.4% 38.7%
West Virginia 583 37.8% 38.0%
Wyoming 1,340 39.3% 52.2%
Total 58,507 31.6% 37.7%

 

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Eia 2015 Q1 Wind Final

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JUN 22 2015
http://www.windaction.org/posts/42932-u-s-wind-production-tanks-in-q1-2015
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