2007 U.S. Wind Energy Expected to Grow Beyond Estimates
By CP Editorial Staff November 2007 - Energy EfficiencyThe U.S. wind energy industry is currently on track to install a total 4,000 MW in 2007, surpassing its 2006 record of 2,454 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
The new projection is an increase over the previous 2007 estimate of 3,000 MW. The estimated 4,000 MW of new installations will generate enough electricity to power one million homes, according to AWEA.
In its third quarter market report, AWEA also reports that the industry has already added over 2,300 MW of generating capacity to the nation’s electrical grid so far this year with a total of more than 5,000 MW in various stages of construction, establishing wind as one of the largest sources of new power in the country today.
The U.S. wind energy industry completed 1,251 MW of wind power generation since last reported, bringing the total installed to date this year to 2,310 MW and the total cumulative wind power generating capacity in the country to 13,885 MW, according to AWEA.