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Obama renewable goals on track, study finds

UNITED STATES: The US is on track to meet President Barack Obama's goal of doubling renewable capacity between 2009 and 2011, a White House report has said.

The report said the US is making "significant progress" towards the goal of doubling the amount of solar, wind and geothermal generation between Obama’s taking office in January 2009 and the end of 2011.

That increase would take the three technologies from 28.8GW to 57.6GW, the White House said.

The country is also progressing towards a goal to double renewable manufacturing annual output, from 6GW at the end of 2008 to 12GW at the end of 2011, the report said.

The report outlined what the White House described as positive outcomes from the $787billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which sought to stimulate renewables development, manufacturing, transmission and other areas of the economy.

"Without Recovery Act investments, it is likely that the pace of renewable energy project construction and manufacturing growth would have slowed dramatically, and these goals would have been much more difficult to meet," the report said.

Recovery Act measures include cash grants for development, manufacturing tax credits, and loan guarantees.

The White House noted that US wind capacity increased 40% from the end of 2008 to the end of 2009, to 35GW, as Windpower Monthly showed in its US Market Status report.  

But in 2010 installations are on course to fall substantially, according to the American Wind Energy Association.  

The White House report also said that wind is expected to grow to over 52.5GW by the end of 2011, meaning that wind alone will take the country close to meeting the president’s capacity goal.

It said that US manufacturing capacity for certain components such as gearboxes, generators, and large casted steel parts still lags behind domestic demand.

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