Texas Surpasses California in Wind Farm Capacity
As the U.S. wind energy industry stayed on pace for another record year, Texas for the first time supplanted historic leader California as the top state in cumulative wind power capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Second Quarter Market Report.
The report also shows that U.S. developers brought online a capacity total of 822 megawatts (MW) in the first half of the year. With the strong growth, the U.S.'s cumulative wind power capacity surged to 9,971 MW-within close striking distance of the 10-gigawatt (10,000-MW) milestone.
Texass cumulative total now stands at 2,370 MW of capacity-enough to power over 600,000 average American homes-followed by Californias 2,323 MW. Texas edged ahead of California by adding a total of 375 MW, about half of the total amount installed in the country since the beginning of the year.
"Wind energy works, for America's economy, environment, and energy security," commented AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. "Continuing the federal commitment to this clean energy source will keep us on the road to a sustainable energy future."
The full release, including list of projects completed so far in 2006 and of projects under construction, is posted on the AWEA Web site at http://www.awea.org/newsroom/releases/AWEA_Quarterly_Market_Report_072506.html
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