As the Wind Blows

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The US Department of Energy has issued its 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report, a 68-page document focusing upon the US wind industry.

During the past year, the report notes, wind power contributed 42% of all new US electrical generating capacity, second only to natural gas plant capacity added. More than 8,500 MW of new capacity, and $16.4 billion in investment, shattered the previous records established in 2007. This is the fourth consecutive year in which the US has led the world in new windpower generation capabilities. But whereas Denmark supplies nearly 20% of its total electric power demand with wind energy, Spain 13%, Portugal 12%, Ireland 9% and Germany 8%, total US windpower capacity supplies only 1.9% of national electricity consumption.

Kansas ranked 4th in windpower additions in 2008, adding 450 MW of capacity, bringing the state into 11th place (with 815 MW) in production capacity. Windpower constitutes 6.7% of the state’s total generating capacity.

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