A little less than three months into the year, the dust is still settling on the largest batch of new wind power construction the U.S. has ever seen. In 2008, the U.S. wind industry activated over 8,300 MW of new capacity, swelling the U.S. cumulative total by 50% to over 25,000 MW and pushing the U.S. above Germany as the country with the largest amount of wind energy capacity installed.

Another impressive finisher: New York doubled its end-2007 capacity; moreover, the state has a number of projects poised to be fully commissioned that will raise its total past the 1 GW (1,000 MW) mark. In that regard, there are now seven states in the "Over-1 Club," with Colorado and Oregon joining the top five states of Texas, Iowa, California, Minnesota and Washington.