US windpower milestone, 50GW powers 13M homes
August 18, 2012 10:16 PM Subscribe
posted by Twang (136 comments total)
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While you'd never know from the US media, the US wind energy industry has breezed past a 50GW milestone
. That's enough to power 13 million homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association
Thanks to a lot of stalling and barriers, it took the US from 1981 to 2003 to reach 5 GW of capacity; it took only 8 years to produce 10 times that. Today 60% of the turbines installed are made in the USA with components from 500 factories. 2.8GW have already been installed in 2012.
But Romney has promised to end Production Tax Credits
. And right now, a 2012 renewal faces a battle in the House.
As Picasso said, "The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face."