Assessments of the state of the US and world wind industry are frankly a dime a dozen, however a new one by the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers some insights not found elsewhere--particularly in growth of wind power at the state level, the amount of wind power manufacturing taking place domestically, and the amount of domestic parts used in US wind power projects:The report notes that wind turbine manufacturers from the US, Europe, Japan, India, and China all supply projects in the United States--seven of the ten manufacturers supplying the US market now have one or more manufacturing facilities in country, with two of the remaining three intending to do so.
Though the US still imports a significant amount of the equipment used for wind power projects, that figure is declining. In 2009, $4.2 billion of wind power products were imported, down from $4.6 billion in 2007 and $5.4 billion in 2006.
Texas still leads the nation in wind power capacity at 2.29 GW--we've known that through previous reports for a while now. What's interesting to note is that 28 states saw new wind power projects break ground, and four states now get more than 10% of their electricity from wind power: Iowa (20%), South Dakota (13%), North Dakota (12%), Minnesota (11%).
Read more: 2009 Wind Technologies Market Report [PDF]
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