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  • fp718591 fp718591 May 17, 2013 8:31 PM Flag

    Wind power supports more electricy then NG by 42% in 2012

    Official: US Wind Power Accounted For 42% Of New Power Capacity In 2012, Beat Natural Gas

    January 31, 2013 Andrew


    2012 proved to be a record-setting year for the US wind power industry. More than 13 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity was installed across the country last year, with a record-breaking 8,380 megawatts (MW) installed in the fourth quarter (4Q) alone, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 4Q industry report.

    Leveraging private sector investment of $25 billion, utility-scale wind turbines were installed in 26 states and Puerto Rico in 2012.

    Cumulative wind power generation capacity totaled 60,007 GW as of year-end 2012, with turbines up and producing clean, renewable electrical power in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The 60 GW milestone was breached just five months after AWEA announced cumulative US wind power capacity had reached 50 GW.

    2012: A Remarkable Year for US Wind Power

    The more than 60 GW rated capacity of installed US wind power generation is enough to supply the equivalent of nearly 15 million US homes – all those in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio combined — with electricity, AWEA announced at a January 30 press conference in Washington, D.C.

    2012 marks another milestone for US wind power: more wind power capacity was installed in the US last year than that from any other source for the first time, with wind power accounting for 42% of total new generation capacity installed, the AWEA highlighted. Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois led the nation in new wind power capacity installation for 2012.

    2012′s total capacity of 13,124 MW of new wind power far exceeds that of the previous annual record, the 10,000 MW installed in 2010.

    AWEA interim CEO Rob Gramlich highlighted the multiple, cross-cutting benefits wind power is yielding across US society in a year when the key federal production tax credit (PTC) seemed doomed t

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    • why is wind power so costly and require so much extra $$ support to spur deployment ? Wind Power and hydro are such old technologies, you would think with all of the newest technology that they could be built and deployed more cost effectively.

      • 1 Reply to purplespyderman
      • Hello Purple, I thought the same thing, but prices have come down and they got another year of tax breaks. Read GE new turbine for wind mills, they just invent a computer in each turbine that lets it know how much electricity is in the grid and storage telling the turbine when its near full to stop producing electricity also it tells the turbines to take maxium electricity when the grids are low. I always thought Siemens was the oldest and number one company for turbines but looks like GE just took the Turbine market.

    • The rest of the story,,, that avoided the US government going over the so-called “fiscal cliff”):

      It is a real testament to American innovation and hard work that for the first time ever a renewable energy source was number one in new capacity. We are thrilled to mark this major milestone in the nation’s progress toward a cleaner energy system.

      What is just as striking as the new records is the expansion of new customers. A total of 66 utilities bought or owned wind power in 2012, up from 42 in 2011. We are also seeing growth in new customers in the industrial and commercial sectors purchasing or owning wind energy directly.

      The fact that wind power grew by another 28 percent in 2012 alone and poured $25 billion of private investment into the U.S. last year demonstrates wind’s ability to scale up, and continue to serve as a leading source of energy in America.

      The benefits extend to the environment, included that politically dreaded term climate change, as well as the economy. “Currently installed wind power will avoid 95.9 million metric tons a year of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to 1.8% of the entire country’s carbon emissions,” according to AWEA.

 
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