Originally published in North American Wind Power - Volume 9. Number 3 April 2012.
Although federal policy remains in flux, the U.S. wind energy market will likely prove too big for international investors to ignore.
The U.S. has sizable wind resources; however, only 2% of the nation's total electricity generation came from wind energy sources in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. There is great potential for additional growth in the U.S. wind energy market, and many international investors continue to evaluate and make investments in the country.
New investments in renewable generating capacity in the U.S. have been growing in recent years, and investments in U.S. wind power are leading this growth. In 2011, the U.S. saw a total of 6.8 GW of new wind power capacity installed, bringing the cumulative total to almost 47 GW.
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