01 Feb '13, 12am

Official: US Wind Power Accounted For 42% Of New Power Capacity In 2013, Beat Natural Gas

Official: US Wind Power Accounted For 42% Of New Power Capacity In 2013, Beat Natural Gas

It is a real testament to American innovation and hard work that for the first time ever a renewable energy source was number one in new capacity. We are thrilled to mark this major milestone in the nation’s progress toward a cleaner energy system. What is just as striking as the new records is the expansion of new customers. A total of 66 utilities bought or owned wind power in 2012, up from 42 in 2011. We are also seeing growth in new customers in the industrial and commercial sectors purchasing or owning wind energy directly. The fact that wind power grew by another 28 percent in 2012 alone and poured $25 billion of private investment into the U.S. last year demonstrates wind’s ability to scale up, and continue to serve as a leading source of energy in America.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/31/us-wind-power/

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