10 Aug '12, 6pm

American Wind Power Hits Historic Milestone: 50 Gigawatts of Generating Capacity

American Wind Power Hits Historic Milestone: 50 Gigawatts of Generating Capacity

OliBac /CC BY 3.0 The state of wind power in the U.S. is rapidly rising, with the total electrical generating capacity in the country reaching a historic milestone of 50 gigawatts - the equivalent of the output of 11 nuclear power plants. In a political climate where our federal policies affecting wind power generation are on the rocks (the Production Tax Credit (PTC) - a federal tax break of 2.1 cents per kilowatt hour - is set to expire, and the battle over renewing or dropping it is growing heated), reaching this power production level in 2012 demonstrates some of the meteoric rise of American wind power. Some wind generation at utility-scale began in the early '80s, and it took about 23 years to hit 5 GW of generating capacity. In 2006, capacity doubled to 10 GW, then hit 25 GW in 2008, and has since doubled that figure in the last four years. The 50 GW of wind power c...

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