AWEA Reports Wind Energy Strengthens Energy Security

Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install a record 2,750 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in 2006, which will help strengthen energy security, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in its Third Quarter Market Report. AWEA has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy on the need for national interest transmission corridors to unlock the vast wind resources of the American heartland. A total of 1,345 MW has been already completed this year, according to AWEA’s quarterly report, bringing total installed wind energy capacity in the U.S. to 10,492 MW. Construction is proceeding on an additional 1,500 MW of wind farms to be completed this year. For 2007, AWEA currently estimates that installations will exceed those of 2006 and range from 3,000 MW to 3,500 MW.

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