31 Jan '13, 2pm

U.S. Wind Market Boomed in 2012

The fourth quarter of last year was particularly busy as 8,380 MW of wind energy generation materialized. That doubled the 4,113 MW added in the last quarter of 2009, the association said in a report released Wednesday. Overall, the U.S. has about 60 GW of wind energy generation capacity, though that doesn't speak of the amount of electricity that flows from the wind turbines. The turbines will start to turn and generate electricity only when there is a strong enough wind. The intermittent trait of wind energy generation, along with solar energy production, remains a challenge for utilities to manage and integrate them into the electric grid. The grid runs smoothly when it achieves a balance of supply and demand. Wind energy does out-produce other forms of renewable electricity. Wind farms generated 120.2 terawatt-hours of energy in 2011, compared to 1.8 terawatt-hours of ...

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