AWEA: Stalled Midwest Wind Projects a Minor Setback

The United States wind industry is on track for the installation of 2,700 megawatts (MW) of capacity, despite the many projects held up in the Midwest because of radar concerns, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

“This issue over radar has really just been a bump in the road in an otherwise record year,” said Laurie Jodziewcz, AWEA Outreach Specialist, speaking on RenewableEnergyAccess.com’s Inside Renewable Energy podcast. “This is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the country, and we are optimistic that it will stay that way.” Although thousands of megawatts have been put on hold in Illinois, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin, other states have continued to add capacity. For example, The FPL Energy wind farm at Horse Hollow, Texas, is a record-breaking 735 MW. However, AWEA is still calling for the FAA to approve many of the projects that are awaiting development. Want to learn more about this story? Check out the Inside Renewable Energy podcast.

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