Over 3,000 MW of New U.S. Wind Seen in 2007
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today released its First Quarter Wind Power Market Report, announcing that the U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install over 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power generating capacity nationwide in 2007, with Texas likely to account for about two thirds of the new installations. Over 100 MW have newly come online in the U.S. so far this year, and over 1,000 more are under construction in Texas alone, according to AWEA. (One megawatt of wind, on average, generates as much electricity as 250 to 300 homes use.)
In addition to providing details about the new projects, the release emphasizes the role of the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) in spurring wind energy development. The full release is available online.