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Record 2020 Wind Installations Represented 42% of New Power

  • U.S. Installed nearly 17,000 megawatts of wind power last year
  • Record set as Biden mounts clean energy push for climate
San Gorgonio Pass wind farm in Palm Springs, California.

San Gorgonio Pass wind farm in Palm Springs, California.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

The U.S. installed a record amount of wind-generating capacity last year, adding nearly 17,000 megawatts of power on land, according to an Energy Department report being released Monday. 

Wind energy’s share of total utility-scale generating capacity in the U.S. was only 11% in 2020, behind natural gas at 43% and nuclear and coal which both represented about 20%.