By Carl Franzen, Idea Lab:
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday released a report on the state of wind energy installations throughout the country during the year 2011. The report paints an encouraging picture of a recovering wind sector from the year 2010 — when the effects of the recession were being felt in full — but it still shows the U.S. lagging behind China when it comes to new wind energy generation capacity.
In total, the U.S. added 6.8 gigawatts of wind power production capacity from 562 turbines in 2011, enough to power 1.7 million homes. That was a growth rate of 16 percent overall and 31 percent over 2010.
The U.S. now has 47 gigawatts of wind energy generation capacity, enough to power 11.8 million homes… Read more