Transmission holds US wind power back despite 2009 record

A report released by the AWEA on January 26 showed the US wind industry installed 9,922 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity last year, breaking all previous records. This 39% expansion of the nation’s wind plant fleet has brought total US wind-power generating capacity to more than 35,000 MW. AWEA chief executive officer Denise Bode attributes the capacity boost to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by President Barack Obama in February 2009. It awarded $36.7 billi