U.S. Wind Power Sector Grows 15 percent in 2010, AWEA Says
"The American wind industry is delivering, despite competing with energy sectors that have permanent government subsidies in place," said Denise Bode, AWEA CEO. "Wind is consistently performing, adding 35 percent of all new generating capacity since 2007. That's twice what coal and nuclear added, combined."
Competitive, lower costs as compared to other sources of power and the extension of the Treasury Department's Section 1603 tax credit program have spurred the wind industry's growth. Manufacturing to support the sector is growing, too. In 2010, 14 new plants began operating, similar to 2009 levels.
While 2010 was a positive year for the wind sector, AWEA says the United States needs to continue diversifying its energy portfolio.
"We remain on track to produce 20 percent of America's electricity by 2030 with wind, as laid out by the Department of Energy during the Bush Administration," Bode said. "We know wind is ready to deliver even more of our portfolio with clean, affordable, homegrown power."
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