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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 08:16 PM
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U.S. wind report blows away records
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Source: Power Engineering

The growing number of wind power projects in the United States is shattering records nationally as well as around the world, according to a Department of Energy report.

Wind power projects make up 42 percent of new U.S. generating capacity, according to the 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report. That's a 60 percent increase from 2007. Overall, wind delivers around 2 percent of the total U.S. generation mix.

In 2008 alone, 8,558 MW of new capacity and $16.4 billion were invested. That helped the United States keep the title of world leader of yearly capacity growth at 25,369 cumulative MW. Germany ranked second at 23,933 MW.


The report also says that installed project costs continued to rise in 2008 but turbine prices were starting to decline toward the end of the year. Projections among industry prognosticators range from 4,400 MW to 6,800 MW of wind likely to be installed in the U.S. in 2009. After a slower 2009, most predictions show market resurgence in 2010 and continuing for the immediate future.

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