US wind industry is recovering

This was still less than the record figures from the year 2009, in the course of which a capacity of more than 10,000 MW was installed. But the quarterly figures that have recently been published are about 50 % higher than those for the first quarter of 2010. "American wind energy is ramping up, and these Q1 figures indicate an industry poised for a renaissance", commented a delighted Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Improved technology, affordable prices and continued demand for clean home-produced energy are the reasons for the return of growth. Bode also pointed to the rise in the petrol price, which has reached almost $ 4 per gallon (€ 2.69 for 3,785 litres). "America must implement long-term energy policies centred on home-grown sources," she demanded.

The new capacity added in the first quarter of 2011 was distributed over 12 different states with Minnesota, Washington, Illinois, Idaho and Nebraska in the leading positions. Bode said it was particularly encouraging that the second quarter had been started with a capacity of 5,600 MW under construction. Of these wind turbines, about a third are being installed in the West Coast states of Oregon, Washington and California. The latter, which will be the venue of Windpower 2011 from May 22nd to 25th, is thus on track to retake its leadership among the 50 American states in the field of wind energy. The state on the West Coast has committed itself to the goal of covering 33 % of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020.

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