The US, once the world's greatest wind market, remains dormant. In 1996 just over 12 MW of new capacity was installed, a net increase of 5 MW once decommissioning of old plant is accounted for. Significantly, more wind capacity was installed outside California -- 7.4 MW in Vermont, Iowa and Michigan -- than inside. Information on California wind plant is sketchy, with observations that 500 or more Kenetech 56-100 turbines have been taken out of service. If this is the case, operating capacity in the Altamont Pass has declined by 50 MW or nearly 10% of that in 1994. 100 MW of US wind plant is outside California.
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