21 Dec '12, 3pm

Wind in 2012: Booming in North America; Tops 100 GW in Europe

The third quarter of 2012 saw 1.8 GW of wind power capacity installed in the U.S., bringing the first three quarters of 2012 to 4.7 GW, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. wind industry now totals 51.6 GW of cumulative wind capacity through the end of September 2012, spanning 29 states and Puerto Rico. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts wind-powered generation this year will have grown by 16 percent over 2011. Wind power manufacturing in the U.S. has had its ups and downs this year. Over 470 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. make components for wind turbines, and dedicated wind facilities that manufacture major components such as towers, blades and assembled nacelles can be found in every region. However, many of these manufacturing companies have been forced to reduce their U.S. workforce this year in preparation for...

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