U.S. has 45,000 wind turbines #renewable #energy

April 15, 2013
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Wind power was 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2012

Wind power in the U.S. is doing well, and the country has only just begun to tap its massive potential (especially offshore). According to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012 by the American Wind Energy Association, wind power had its best year ever in 2012, with a year-over-year growth in capacity of 28% coming from 6,700 new wind turbines, bringing the country’s total to about 45,100. 2012 also saw some interesting records: “Xcel Energy’s Colorado system has obtained more than 50 percent of its electricity from wind on multiple occasions. All these have been achieved reliably for electric customers, as utilities become increasingly familiar with integrating more wind power into their operations.”

Wind power was 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2012

Wind power in the U.S. is doing well, and the country has only just begun to tap its massive potential (especially offshore). According to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012 by the American Wind Energy Association, wind power had its best year ever in 2012, with a year-over-year growth in capacity of 28% coming from 6,700 new wind turbines, bringing the country’s total to about 45,100. 2012 also saw some interesting records: “Xcel Energy’s Colorado system has obtained more than 50 percent of its electricity from wind on multiple occasions. All these have been achieved reliably for electric customers, as utilities become increasingly familiar with integrating more wind power into their operations.”

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