Record-Breaking Year for U.S. Wind Installations
January 28, 2010
The U.S. wind industry installed 9,922 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in 2009, breaking installation records for the third year in a row and bringing total U.S. wind generating capacity to over 35,000 MW. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced the news in its annual fourth quarter report. According to AWEA, wind power now generates enough electricity to power close to 10 million homes and avoid the emission of 62 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Texas led the nation in 2009 with 2,292 MW of new wind capacity installations, followed by Indiana with 905 MW of new capacity, Iowa with 879 MW, Oregon with 691 MW, and Illinois with 632 MW.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program works to accelerate the deployment of clean, affordable, reliable, and domestic wind power. Greater use of the nation's abundant wind resources for electric power generation will create jobs and stimulate economic recovery, enhance energy security, and improve our environment.