In the lull before the next tax credit storm in the United States, just a handful of turbines went up. Nordex completed a long delayed project of 1 MW machines on Painted Hill near Palm Springs, Vestas installed one lone V47 for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and one V47 for Lincoln Electric in Nebraska. The quiet spell is not likely to last. The ink was hardly dry on President Bill Clinton's signature on the tax credit extension before developers were ringing their meteorologists for wind analyses.
The national totals in the table are as accurate as we can make them in mid-December, but they are not the definitive end of year tally. The Windicator counts operating wind power capacity. The Canada, Spain and China totals have been adjusted downwards due to earlier over-optimistic counts by The Windicator team, and not because wind capacity in these countries has been taken off-line. Watch for end 1999 totals in our next The Windicator in the April issue.