Wind power jumps more than one-quarter in 2011

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 11:03 AM
posted by rene5432

While solar energy dominated the headlines in 2011, the U.S. also saw massive growth in wind power last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The agency announced that, over the course of the year, the U.S. produced nearly 120 terawatt-hours of renewable electricity from wind, just below 3 percent of all electricity in the country.

While that may not seem like much, the country's wind production has grown more than four-and-a-half times in the past five years alone and more than one-quarter just in the past year. The country has seen staggering growth in the clean energy sector, much of it coming from wind power.

However, the wind energy industry could see some difficulties in the coming year, with stiff competition from fossil fuels like natural gas along with the end of an important tax credit at the start of the year.

The Hill reports that legislators had tried to renew the tax credit, but fell short in the Senate.

Nevertheless, the growing popularity of renewable electricity in many areas and new requirements imposed by many states should help support the industry as it brings down costs to match natural gas.

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