The American Wind Energy Association reported in its Year End 2009 Market Report (PDF) that wind developers installed 691 megawatts worth of wind towers last year in the state. Texas, the faraway leader, added 2,292 megawatts. One megawatt of wind capacity is enough to supply from 225 to 300 homes, according to the association.
The report says that, despite tightening of the credit market, federal stimulus dollars continued to encourage wind development.
“The U.S. wind energy industry shattered all installation records in 2009, chalking up the Recovery Act as a historic success in creating jobs, avoiding carbon, and protecting consumers,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “But U.S. wind turbine manufacturing – the canary in the mine — is down compared to last year’s levels, and needs long-term policy certainty and market pull in order to grow.”
Oregon now ranks sixth among state for total installed wind capacity, with 1,758 megawatts.
Three more wind farms – Biglow Canyon Phase III, Combine Hills II and Star Point – are currently under construction in the state that will add another roughly 336 megawatts to Oregon’s total.
Matthew Preusch, The Oregonian – http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/01/oregon_fourth_among_states_for.html