Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2007 — Continuing a growth trend, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced an increase in the projected installation of new wind energy facilities in 2007.
Previous projections for a record-setting 3,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity in 2007 have now been raised. AWEA reports that the U.S. wind energy industry is currently on track to complete a total 4,000 MW in 2007, up from its 2006 record of 2,454 MW.
In its third quarter market report, AWEA also reports that the industry has already added over 2,300 MW of generating capacity to the nation’s electrical grid so far this year with a total of more than 5,000 MW in various stages of construction.
State highlights include:
* Texas again added the largest amount of new wind power generation (600 MW);
* Colorado installed 264 MW and now ranks as the state with the 6th-largest amount of wind power generation;
* Washington, with 140 MW of new wind capacity, pulls ahead of Minnesota into 4th place;
* Missouri saw the completion of its first utility-scale wind farm, a 56.7-MW project that generates power for electric cooperatives in the region and that makes Missouri the state with the 21st largest amount of wind power now installed;
* Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Iowa also saw the completion of utility-scale projects.
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