Weekly Observations

  • January wind resource finished on a low note, with wind speeds down 8% compared to the prior week. For the month, wind resource finished down ~10% compared to the prior year.
  • Despite lower resource, January wind generation still improved compared to the prior year, driven by higher capacity and better utilization, particularly in the Midwest and MidAtlantic. With that said, Texas wind generation has underperformed, down 5% in January, marking the first year over year decline and despite solid wind capacity adds in 2020.


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About Lium's Windometer

This exercise synthesizes data from a wide range of sources in the U.S. wind power market to reveal trends in generation, utilization, and the strength of the wind resource itself. The weekly snapshot also provides historical context for this week’s wind market in the U.S. relative to prior periods.  

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