Wind power generating capacity in the
According to AWEA, wind’s exponential growth reflects the
‘Flat screen televisions and other highly sought technologies are creating a demand for electricity that is beginning to eclipse our current supply. Wind is a proven, cost-effective source of energy that also alleviates global warming and enhances our nation’s energy security,’ said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher.
The US wind energy industry installed 2,454 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2006, an investment of approximately $4bn, billing wind as one of the largest sources of new power generation in the country (second only to natural gas) for the second year in a row.
New wind farms are said to have boosted cumulative
According to the report, wind energy facilities currently installed in the
Wind power has also attracted the support of state and federal government legislatures. The US Congress recently extended the federal production tax credit (PTC) through to December 2008 to further expand the number of wind farms throughout the
‘The industry has demonstrated a generous return on the investment of both private and public investment in wind,’ said Swisher. ‘Extending the PTC five years will significantly increase the progress
A state-by-state listing of existing and proposed wind energy projects is available on AWEA’s Web by clicking here.