in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Wind energy leaders in most categories held onto their No. 1 positions in the latest version of the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) annual rankings of wind power leadership in the U.S.

The new listings, based on numbers compiled at the end of 2007, closely resemble those from the previous year, with Texas leading states in both total and new wind power, FPL Energy operating the nation's largest wind farms, GE Energy capturing the largest U.S. market share for wind turbines, and Xcel Energy claiming more wind on its system than any other investor-owned utility.

"As a clean, domestic renewable energy source, wind power is a key part of the solution to many of the most serious economic, environmental and energy security problems our country faces," says Randall Swisher, AWEA's executive director. "The numbers in this year's rankings also underscore the wind energy industry's strong growth and the fact that wind is a bright spot in the U.S. economy."

A broadening of categories this year did reveal some new front-runners. Iowa leads the nation in wind generation on a percentage basis, obtaining 5.5% of its electricity from the renewable energy source, while Great River Energy and CPS Energy led the pack among rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, respectively. Turbines built by manufacturer Vestas, meanwhile, are the largest installed in the U.S.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Tower Conference_id1965