Wind energy is leading the way for the U.S. in 2013
The U.S. has seen strong growth in the wind energy industry, and 2012 was a record year for the amount of installed capacity. More than 13,000 megawatts of capacity was installed last year according to the American Wind Energy Association, which brings the total capacity to 60,007 megawatts nationwide.
In 2013 so far, wind energy has made up over 60 percent of all new generating capacity installed in the United States according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s update. During January and February of 2013, wind energy beat out all other generating sources for new projects, adding six new projects in those two months.
The addition of these projects brings the total amount of installed wind capacity in the United States to 60.1 gigawatts, making it more than 5 percent of our electric generation. According to the Energy Information Administration’s latest numbers, this is a sizable bump for the country.
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