We've been doing these abridged wind power updates for some time now because they are a source of optimism for those of us who feel trapped in a re-run of "Everyone Loves Raymond". Here are some excerpts from the latest American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) press release: "The U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install a record 2,750 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in 2006, which will produce about as much electricity as is used by the entire state of Rhode Island." "AWEA had previously estimated that about 3,000 MW would be installed this year, but it is now clear that a few projects originally slated for completion in 2006 will not be finalized until 2007 because of various delays". "Wind power is expected in 2006 to provide 18% to 20% of the new capacity installed in the country -- making it the second-largest source of new power generation after new natural gas plants..." We especially love where we first found this story - via: All American Patriots. Does this mean that wind power is soon not to be regarded as "alternative?"