Transmission holds US wind power back despite 2009 record

Wind power is now the joint leading source of new electricity generation in the US, tying with natural gas, due to record levels of new capacity last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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 billion to the

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