U.S. Wind Power Industry Installs More Than 2,800 MW in Q1 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The wind energy industry in the United States installed 2,836 megawatts of new generating capacity through the end of March, bringing total installed generating capacity in the country to 28,206 MW, the American Wind Energy Association announced.
The national trade association for the wind energy industry in the U.S. issued its report Tuesday on projects that were completed in 15 states during first financial quarter of the year.
The newly installed capacity would power the equivalent of 816,000 homes, and the total generating capacity in the U.S. is now enough for more than 8 million homes, the organization said. The wind power in operation in the U.S. helps avoid 52 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to the group.