21 May '11, 4am

How Does U.S. Wind Keep Growing? It’s the Big Question for WindPower: The nation's biggest wind energy conclav...

How Does U.S. Wind Keep Growing? It’s the Big Question for WindPower: The nation's biggest wind energy conclav...

The nation's biggest wind energy conclave opens Sunday in Anaheim. The last time wind threw its big party in California was 2007. There were 5,000 attendees, said Peter L. Kelley, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Vice President for Public Affairs. The cumulative U.S. installed wind capacity that year, Kelley added, was 17 gigawatts. A tempestuous four years later, the U.S. has a cumulative installed wind power capacity of over 41 gigawatts, wind provides 2.3 percent of the nation’s electricity and more than 20,000 people are expected in Anaheim. The secret to wind’s growth can be found in another number Kelley emphasized: U.S. wind energy was picked to provide 35 percent of new U.S. power capacity over the four-year period after 2007, second only to natural gas. In other words, the people who keep the lights on decided that new wind -- not new nuclear, not new c...

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