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Transmission issues and federal policy are the greatest barriers to the development of wind energy in the U.S., according to a poll conducted by NRG Systems Inc., a wind measurement equipment manufacturer based in Hinesburg, Vt. More than 400 people participated in the poll, which was taken at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2008 Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents believe that transmission or interconnection issues pose the greatest barrier to wind development in the U.S., while 34% see U.S. policy as the next greatest barrier. Financing issues, supply-chain constraints and public attitudes toward wind energy were of much less concern, according to the poll.

Forty-seven percent of respondents believe that the U.S. holds the greatest promise for future wind energy development, and China was second with 37%. Nearly all of those asked (92%) expect their company sales to increase in the next year, with 36% expecting to see sales grow by 25% to 50%.

Despite these company growth projections, 32% of the poll participants believe that competition for skilled labor poses the greatest barrier to company growth. The expiration of the production tax credit and supply-chain constraints were also viewed as barriers to organizational growth by 28% and 23%, respectively.

SOURCE: NRG Systems Inc.

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