The Power of Wind

In 2009, the U.S. added 9,900 megawatts of wind power, the largest increase on record.© Getty Images

America’s wind power capacity grew by 39% in 2009, which means 2% of U.S. electricity is produced by wind turbines. According to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual report, the capacity added last year, 9,900 megawatts, was the largest on record. Denise Bode, the trade association’s chief executive, said in a release: "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."

This federal stimulus packaged passed last year extended a tax credit and provided other investment incentives for the industry. Although 2% wind capacity is still small, the significant recent increase demonstrates how quickly the nation will be able to use this technology to lower its carbon emissions.

SOURCE: New York Times.