U.S. wind industry had a record-setting 2012, AWEA says

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Wind generation in the U.S. increased a record setting 28 percent in 2012, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)’s U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012.

The wind industry accounted for 42 percent of all new U.S. generating capacity last year, with more than 6,700 new wind turbines erected. The installations led to a $25 billion in private investments in new U.S. wind farms, property taxes and lease payments and billions in projected savings.

“We had an incredibly productive year in 2012,” said Rob Gramlich, interim CEO of AWEA. “It really showed what this industry can do and the impact we can have with a continued national commitment to renewable energy. We’re doing what Americans overhwlmingly say they want: making more clean, renewable energy, and creating good jobs in U.S. factories.”

The report also said 74 electric utilities, at least 18 major industrial consumers and 11 schools and universities all purchased wind power in 2012.

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