13 Apr '12, 1pm

Congressional Districts With Best Wind Capacity Are Republican: The wind industry, in an uphill fight to save

Congressional Districts With Best Wind Capacity Are Republican: The wind industry, in an uphill fight to save

The wind industry, in an uphill fight to save its federal incentive, just released its final report on 2011. Wind was 31 percent of new U.S. generating capacity last year. All renewables accounted for 39 percent. Natural gas was 42 percent, according to American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Chief Economist Elizabeth Salerno. Wind added almost seven gigawatts of new capacity in 2011, about the same as seven nuclear reactors. (Nuclear added none .) It is the kind of growth wind has sustained since the middle of the last decade, when the Bush administration established some certainty about the availability of the production tax credit (PTC). With an average annual investment of $15 billion in the subsequent five years, the U.S. industry now has almost 47 gigawatts of installed capacity in 38 states and 472 manufacturing facilities in 42 states that provide 30,000 of the 75,...

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