Wind installs 539 MW

29 April 2010– The American Wind Energy Association said that the U.S. wind industry installed 539 MW in the first quarter of 2010, the lowest first quarter figure since 2007.

AWEA says continued lack of long-term market signals, combined with low power demand and price, has allowed the pipeline for advanced projects to slow over the past 18 months. AWEA has called on Congress to pass a national renewable electricity standard as part of climate and energy legislation to provide hard targets to stabilize the industry.

AWEA said the U.S. installed more than 10,000 MW of capacity in 2009, a record.

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