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Wind Powering America 2006 Activities Summary

Wind Powering America 2006 Activities Summary

File: Wind Powering America 2006 Activities Summary

Date: 2/28/2007

The Wind Powering America FY06 Activities Summary reflects the accomplishments of our state wind working groups, our programs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and our partner organizations. The national Wind Powering America (WPA) team remains a leading force for moving wind energy forward in the United States.

At the beginning of FY07 (October 2006), there were 11,078 megawatts (MW) of wind power installed across the United States, with an additional 3,000 MW projected in both 2007 and 2008. When our partnership was launched in 2000, there were 2,500 MW of installed wind capacity in the United States. In 1999, only four states had more than 100 MW of installed wind capacity. Sixteen states now have more than 100 MW installed. We anticipate five to six additional states will join the 100-MW club in 2007, and by the end of the decade, more than 30 states will have passed the 100-MW milestone. WPA celebrates the 100-MW milestones because the first 100 megawatts are always the hardest and lead to significant experience, recognition of the wind energy's benefits, and expansion of the vision of a more economically and environmentally secure and sustainable future.

WPA continues to work with its national, regional, and state partners to communicate the opportunities and benefits of wind energy to a diverse set of stakeholders. WPA now has 29 state wind working groups (welcoming New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri in 2006) that form strategic alliances to communicate wind's benefits to the state stakeholders. More than 120 members of national and state public and private sector organizations from 34 states attended the 5th Annual WPA All-States Summit in Pittsburgh in June.

WPA's emphasis remains on the rural agricultural sector, which stands to reap the significant economic development benefits of wind energy development. Additionally, WPA continues its program of outreach, education, and technical assistance to Native American communities, public power entities, and regulatory and legislative bodies.

We also took a leadership role in understanding and addressing emerging barriers to wind, including wind-radar interactions, and we helped secure approval of $1.5 billion of new wind projects throughout the Midwest. We continue to work on wind-siting issues with other agencies that have responsibility for development on public lands and protection of wildlife. WPA initiated a Wind for Schools pilot effort in Colorado and will expand it to four to five additional states in 2007. Through these joint efforts and many others, we continue to expand wind energy as a viable option for power generation. The 20% wind electricity vision that is currently being developed among AWEA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and other stakeholders will require significantly enhanced outreach efforts to communicate the benefits, the required infrastructure upgrades, and the regulatory actions needed to accomplish this promising future for many stakeholder groups in all regions of the country.

This information was last updated on March 16, 2007