AWEA announces wind leaders in U.S.

April 3, 2008 at 2:11 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Texas was the No. 1 state in wind energy with both the highest amount of total wind power and the most new wind installations for 2007.

The ratings for 2007 were announced by the American Wind Energy Association.

FPL Energy was named the operator of the nation's largest wind farms, GE Energy was the biggest supplier of wind turbines, Xcel Energy has the most wind power in its electricity mix than any other investor-owned utility, and Vestas builds the largest wind turbines in the United States.

New to AWEA's list was Iowa, which reportedly leads the nation in wind generation on a percentage basis with 5.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

Also, Great River Energy was the leading rural electric cooperative in the wind industry and CPS Energy was the leader in municipal utilities.

Total installed U.S. wind power capacity is more than 16,800 megawatts and in 2007 was the second-largest source of new electrical capacity in the nation, behind only natural gas.

Analysts who have credited the federal renewable tax credit with the success and growth in the industry are worried once the credit expires, more than 100,000 jobs will be at risk.

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