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Energy Efficiency News: Power Generation
February 15, 2012, 2:25 pm
Filed under: News

US wind installations soared 31% in 2011
Wind installations in the US soared by 31% in 2011 over the previous year, according to the latest figures from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The AWEA’s fourth quarter results reveal that over 6810 MW were installed in 2011, with more than 8300 MW in construction.

California tops the list for new development with 921 MW installed, but Illinois also had a good year, along with other stalwarts Iowa, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Newcomer Ohio comes out as the fastest growing state in 2011, with installations up 900% on the previous year, although that does only amount to 101 MW.

There are also now two states, Iowa and South Dakota, which receive 20% of the electricity from wind power.

“This shows what wind power is capable of: building new projects, powering local economies and creating jobs,” says AWEA CEO Denise Bode.

She credits the current administration’s tax incentives, particularly the Production Tax Credit (PTC), for driving the increase. Bode is urging Congress to renew the PTC when it expires in 2013.

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