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Wind Energy Grows 28% in a Year

Wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Market Report for 2012.

Overall, wind energy topped all energy sources with a 42 percent of new electric generating capacity. There were more than 6,700 new wind turbines built that produced enough electricity to power the equivalent of 3.5 million homes.

AWEA says the impact of wind power development benefited all 50 states. “[2012] really showed what this industry can do and the impact we can have with a continued commitment to renewable energy,” said Rob Gramlich, Interim CEO of AWEA. “We’re doing what Americans overwhelmingly say they want: making more clean, renewable energy, and creating good jobs in U.S. factories.”

AWEA’s report found that more than 550 factories across the country provide parts and services for the wind energy industry. In addition to the industry’s record growth last year, a growing trend augured well for its future: new purchases of wind power by 74 electric utilities.

Source: DomesticFuel.com


By Gaylen Davenport

After Sandy, Wind Power Continues On

A photo of the University of Delaware’s wind turbine during and after Hurricane Sandy.

In the aftermath of Sandy, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is examining the impacts of the hurricane to extreme weather and climate change.

According to their blog, about 3,500 megawatts of wind turbine capacity was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Although, it wasn’t expected to cause much damage to the wind turbines. And so far, it hasn’t.

All of the wind turbines in Hurricane Sandy’s path did not suffer any catastrophic failure. In fact, the University of Delaware’s 2-megawatt turbine was prepared before the storm, having its blades feathered flat so it wouldn’t spin at high velocity.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, “It appears that Hurricane Sandy has had some, but minimal, impact on the wind turbines in its path, according to early reports this week from several operators of East Coast wind farms, most of which started generating electricity again after the storm passed.”

Source: CleanEnergy.org

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