18 Jul '11, 10pm

Wind Power Comprised 25% of U.S. Electric Generating Capacity Additions in 2010!

Wind Power Comprised 25% of U.S. Electric Generating Capacity Additions in 2010!

Wind power has recently represented one of the largest new sources of electric capacity additions in the United States, though a considerable drop in wind energy's contribution occurred in 2010. Breaking a streak of five years in which wind power was the second-largest new resource added to the U.S. electrical grid in terms of aggregate gross capacity, in 2010 wind power placed third, behind the 7,200 MW of new natural gas and 6,000 MW of new coal-fired generation capacity. 5 New wind power projects contributed roughly 25% of the new nameplate capacity added to the U.S. electrical grid in 2010, compared to 42% in 2009, 43% in 2008, 34% in 2007, 18% in 2006, 12% in 2005, and less than 4% from 2000 through 2004

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