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US wind power grows by 39% over 2009

US: The US wind power sector grew by 39% in 2009, according to figures to be released by AWEA next week in its annual report.

US wind power growth was fuelled by projects such as the Shiloh I and 2 windfarms using GE-1.5-MW-turbines (pic Jan Oelker)
US wind power growth was fuelled by projects such as the Shiloh I and 2 windfarms using GE-1.5-MW-turbines (pic Jan Oelker)

In the report, which is due to come out next week, AWEA will say the US added 9.9GW to its wind power capacity last year.

The increase is 18% over its capacity rise in 2008 and takes the US close to a position where 2% of its electricity will come from wind.

The high growth was achieved despite the recession. AWEA said the rise was largely down to the US government’s $787million stimulus package launched in February last year.

AWEA chief executive Denise Bode said: "The U.S. wind industry shattered all installation records in 2009, and this was directly attributable to the lifeline that was provided by the stimulus package.

"The second half of the year was extraordinary. But manufacturers didn’t see much growth because they had built up so much inventory."

However, the report is expected to suggest US growth could slow over 2010 as turbine manufacturers received fewer turbine orders from the market last year compared to 2008.

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