U.S. breaks records in wind production & manufacturing in 2012

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The Department of Energy (DOE) released two reports saying that the U.S. continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing wind markets.

The DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory jointly released the “2012 Wind Technologies Market Report,” saying the U.S. added more than 13 GW of wind to the power grid, nearly double the amount of wind capacity deployed in 2011. Total wind capacity in the U.S. topped 60 GW at the end of 2012.

The report also estimates that 72 percent of the wind turbine equipment installed in the U.S. was made by domestic producers. At the same time, wind power generates 12 percent of the total annual electricity consumption in nine states, with wind in Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas contributing more than 20 percent.

In the second report, titled the “Distributed Wind Market Report,” DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that distributed wind in the U.S. reached a 10-year cumulative installed capacity of more than 812 MW at the end of 2012, or more than 69,000 units across all 50 states. Distributed wind projects supply power to local grids near homes, farms, schools and businesses.

At the state level, Iowa, Massachusetts, California and Wisconsin led the nation in new distributed wind capacity in 2012.

To read the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report, click here.

To read the 2012 Distributed Wind Market Report, click here.

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