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Americas install 11.9GW wind capacity in 2018 – increase by 12%

  • The Americas make up about 25% of the total new global installed capacity in 2018
  • Total installed wind capacity in North, Central, South America is now 135GW
  • Leading countries in the region include: USA, Brazil, and Mexico
  • Colombia prepares to hold first auction and join regional push for wind power
  • The surge for wind in the Americas is expected to continue with GWEC forecasting over 60GW new capacity between 2019 to 2023

Brussels, 05 February:

The latest data released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America has installed 11.9GW capacity of wind power in 2018, an increase of 12% on last year. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8% compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions grew by 18.7% compared to 2017.

In North America, the recent and final extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) has driven volume. In Latin America, the commitment to auctions has continued to deliver volume for the region. The Latin America region is expected to continue its growth with a further expansion of the supply chain during 2019.

  • In North America, the wind industry supports over 160,000 jobs (Source: CanWEA and AWEA).
  • Brazil installed 2GW of added capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh.
  • Mexico installed almost 1GW of new capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5GW. Mexico expects to reach its target of generating 35% of its power capacity through renewables before 2024.

 Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “The North American wind market is one of the most mature and competitive in the wind industry. Many learnings and experiences from the success here can be used in other markets. The rise of corporate procurement during 2018 demonstrates how corporate sourcing can drive demand and volume in other wind markets.

“The development of the wind market in Latin America is very positive too. Large scale auctions have again taken place in Brazil, and we expect the first auction in Colombia to be executed this month. Further investments in the supply chain by the leading OEMs Vestas and Nordex in Argentina prove the long-term potential of the market.”

The North American offshore wind market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). GWEC expects projects to commence construction between 2020 and 2025

Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence at GWEC, said: “North, Central and South America will make up about 25% of the total new global capacity in 2018. The capacity growth in South America in particular proves how wind is competitive in auction markets.”

The strong growth in wind energy generation is making a key contribution to helping countries meet their international climate agreement commitments whilst satisfying rising energy demand. It forms a crucial part of the solution to reduce emissions, strengthen energy security, lower costs, and boost investment into local economies.  

These latest figures released by GWEC form the statistical release of the Global Wind Report. The Global Wind Report is GWEC’s flagship publication and the industry’s most widely used source of data. The complete report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the global wind industry and an overview of trends such as the growth of offshore wind, corporate sourcing and changing business models. The full report will be released in April.

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It’s a wrap for 2018, and the numbers show a great year for American wind power. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report reveals that consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history. Another big highlight—demand from corporate buyers hit an all-time high in 2018.

Here are some of the top takeaways from this quarter’s report:

The U.S. wind industry had its third strongest quarter on record

American workers installed 5,944 MW of new wind capacity during the fourth quarter, enough to power all of the homes in Colorado. A total of 47 new wind projects across 17 states came online during the last three months of 2018, and overall, developers added 7,588 MW of new wind last year. That’s up 8 percent from 2017. There are now 96,488 MW of wind power installed across 41 states, enough to power 30 million American homes.

Annual U.S. wind power installations.

20 states added new wind projects in 2018

As usual, Texas led in installations for the year with 2,359 MW, followed by Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Texas continues to lead the nation with nearly 25 gigawatts (GW) of total installed wind capacity and would now be ranked fifth in the world if it were a country.

Meanwhile, Iowa reclaimed second place for installed wind capacity from Oklahoma during the fourth quarter, which had snagged the spot in 2017. Oklahoma now sits in third, followed by California and Kansas. South Dakota also became the latest member of the “Gigawatt Club,” or states with more than 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity. It’s the 19th state to do so.

U.S. wind power capacity by state.

Corporate demand for wind energy has never been higher

Corporate and non-utility wind power purchases spiked to a record level in 2018, signing contracts for a total of 4,203 MW. That’s 66 percent higher than the previous record in 2015.

In total, 37 non-utility buyers signed wind energy contracts in 2018, including 21 companies that purchased wind energy for the first time. AT&T signed contracts for 820 MW of wind energy, more than any other company in 2018. Walmart came in second with 533 MW, followed by Facebook, ExxonMobil, and Shell Energy North America. In total, 14 companies signed up for over 100 MW.

To date, corporate and other non-utility customers have signed PPAs for more than 11,300 MW of wind energy – more than all the wind online in number two wind state Iowa.

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Combined utility and non-utility purchases of wind power also reached the highest level on record, with 8,507 MW of PPAs signed in 2018. Corporate and other non-utility customers represented 49 percent of total capacity contracted, while utilities accounted for 51 percent.

Wind workers will stay busy in the years ahead with a robust pipeline of wind projects

There were over 35,000 MW of wind projects under construction or in advanced development at the end of 2018, a 22 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than all the wind in Texas and Iowa combined, the country’s two leading wind states. This activity spans 176 projects across 31 states, with 12 states on track to grow their installed capacity by at least half.

Project developers announced 5,786 MW in new project activity in the 4th quarter, with projects totaling 2,125 MW starting construction and 3,661 MW entering the advanced development phase thanks to strong PPA activity, utility announcements, and offshore solicitations. New announcements were up 26 percent over the previous quarter.

The fourth quarter capped off an active year for the U.S. offshore wind industry

Virginia Governor Northam released the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan in October, calling for 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028, while New York issued its first large-scale solicitation in November, seeking at least 800 MW of offshore wind.

Elsewhere, the Connecticut PUC approved Ørsted US Offshore Wind’s PPA with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating Co for 200 MW of the Revolution Wind project. Connecticut also selected an additional 100 MW of Revolution Wind as a winner of its zero carbon RFP.

Finally, a major highlight came in December when BOEM held a highly anticipated auction for three offshore wind lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts. After 32 rounds of bidding, the leases were awarded to Equinor, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind for a total of $405.1 million. Each lease reached $135 million, far surpassing the previous lease record of $42.5 million.

Be sure to check out the full report for additional details. A public version is available here. You can see more state level facts from the fourth quarter in AWEA’s state fact sheets, as well as a map of all online wind projects and wind-related manufacturing facilities in the U.S. on our website.

February 1, 2019

POSITION: Coordinator – Community and land Relations
Vancouver, BC (Canada) or San Diego, CA (USA)

Company Profile

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is a global player with an extensive and growing portfolio of assets in Canada, the United States, France, Chile and Iceland. The Company develops, owns, acquires and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and geothermal plants exclusively producing renewable energy.

Sustainable development producing positive social, environmental and economic results guides our actions. We are not only proud of the work we do, but also of the way we do it. Our many accomplishments and continued successes are made possible by our outstanding team of employees.

Innergex is a publicly traded company and has offices in Longueuil, Vancouver, Lyon and San Diego.

The chosen candidate may be based at our Vancouver, BC office or our San Diego, CA office.

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice President – Corporate Relations, the Coordinator – Community and Land Relations will be a part of the Corporate Relations team and will work closely with the Manager – Community and Land Relations. The Corporate Relations team builds and maintains relationships with all levels of governments, Indigenous and local communities, project stakeholders and others, from the project’s initial development stage through to operations.

Main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Assist in providing notification to project stakeholders of work or studies that may be conducted on their property;
  • Facilitate signing of various project documents with stakeholders, including but not limited to agreements, estoppels, amendments, payment authorization forms, etc.;
  • Collect and organize landowner forms (including but not limited to payment authorization forms and W9 forms);
  • Review and organize legal documents (including but not limited to land leases, easements, and Resource Development Agreements);
  • Work closely with external and internal legal counsel for the preparation of agreements;
  • Facilitate site plan preparation/reviews;
  • Interface with local companies interested in providing services for the project(s) and refer them to the appropriate project resource(s);
  • Plan and organize events for landowners and communities (liaise with local community reps and government officials for various initiatives);
  • Work closely with title company to ensure title commitments are fulfilled for projects;
  • Analyze agreements and prepare agreement commitment matrix for internal use;
  • Prepare form agreement deviation spreadsheets;
  • Track and manage commitments within project agreements;
  • Track project related work (including but not limited to project transmittals, requests for information and change orders);
  • Plan and organize meetings, including booking of meeting location(s), time and attendees;
  • Assist with preparation of meeting materials and minutes.


  • Detail-oriented with strong work ethic;
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work under tight timeframes;
  • Ability to identify process improvements and efficiencies;
  • Good judgment, understanding of when to take on a task and when to seek direction;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken;
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills reflected in the ability to foster solid internal and external work relationships;
  • Excellent team player and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal with difficult people and situations.

Professional Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience working with legal documents;
  • Experience working with landowner agreements in the USA and/or Canada;
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted British Columbia class 5 or California class C driver’s licence;
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid passport;
  • Ability to travel within Canada and the United States of America.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with job number #PRC195 in the subject line. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.