U.S. Wind Industry Installs 2,800 MW

Latest report reveals that new wind power projects total twice the amount installed in the first quarter of last year.
The wind energy industry installed over 2,800 megawatts of generating capacity in the first quarter of 2009, with new projects completed in 15 states and powering the equivalent of 816,000 homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in its first quarter market report.
The wind projects shine a ray of hope on the economy today, creating good jobs and powering homes with a clean, inexhaustible source of energy, said Denise Bode, AWEA CEO.
“But the nation still lacks the long-term signal that is needed to build up renewable energy on large scale,” Bode said. “The time is now for a national renewable electricity standard, a policy that over 80 percent of Americans favor and for which they voted: President Obama’s campaign position of generating 25 percent of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 will help revitalize our economy and protect consumers when they need it the most: when the price of the fuels used for electricity generation goes up.”
The new wind power projects add up to 2,836 MW, according to initial AWEA estimates. The total wind power generating capacity in operation in the U.S. is now 28,206 MW, enough to serve over 8 million homes and avoid the emissions of 52 million tons of carbon dioxide annually—the equivalent of removing 8.8 million cars from the road.
Kansas and New York have more than 1,000 MW of wind power generating capacity – boosting the wind power “gigawatt” state club to nine:
Texas 7,907 MW
Iowa 2,883 MW
California 2,653 MW
Minnesota 1,804 MW
Washington 1,479 MW
Oregon 1,363 MW
New York 1,261 MW
Colorado 1,068 MW
Kansas 1,014 MW
Indiana keeps its title as fastest growing state with the large 400.3-MW project that was brought online. States tallying the most rapid growth in wind capacity in the first quarter include:
Indiana 75%
Maine 55%
Nebraska 53%
Idaho 49%
New York 34%

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