Wind energy trade group raises forecast
Nov 8, 2007 - The Associated Press
U.S. wind energy providers are on track
to add 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity in 2007,
enough new electricity to power more than 1 million
homes, the industry's trade group said Wednesday.
The revised figure, updated from a previous
estimate of adding 3,000 megawatts of capacity, represents
a 63 percent increase compared with 2006, the American
Wind Energy Association said in its third-quarter
market report. Last year ended with a total of more
than 11,600 megawatts of capacity.
The trade group, whose members include
Exelon Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and FPL Group Inc.,
said the industry already has added more than 2,300
megawatts of generating capacity to the U.S. electrical
grid this year with a total of more than 5,000 megawatts
Still, Randall Swisher, the association's
executive director, urged Congress and President Bush
to complete legislation that extends the renewable
energy production tax credit set to expire in December
2008, and to establish a national standard for renewable
Wind farms currently account for less
than 1 percent of the U.S. power supply, but the trade
group expects that to reach 1 percent next year with
the additional capacity.
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