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Wind Powering America 2007 Activities Summary

Wind Powering America 2007 Activities Summary

File: Wind Powering America 2007 Activities Summary

Date: 2/29/2008

We are pleased to present the Wind Powering America FY07 Activities Summary, which 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 2007, there were more than 11,500 megawatts (MW) of wind power installed across the United States, with an additional 4,000 MW projected in both 2007 and 2008. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) estimates that the U.S. installed capacity will exceed 16,000 MW by the end of 2007. When our partnership was launched in 2000, there were 2,500 MW of installed wind capacity in the United States. At that time, only four states had more than 100 MW of installed wind capacity. Seventeen states now have more than 100 MW installed. We anticipate five to six additional states will join the 100-MW club early in 2008, 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 most difficult 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 30 state Wind Working Groups (welcoming Georgia and Wisconsin in 2007) that form strategic alliances to communicate wind's benefits and challenges to state stakeholders. We anticipate adding three to four more state Wind Working Groups in 2008 (Kansas, Arkansas, and Maine). More than 140 members of national and state public- and private-sector organizations from 39 U.S. states and Canada attended the 6th Annual WPA All-States Summit in Los Angeles in June. The WPA Web site continues to break past records, with 25,000 to 35,000 visitors per month.

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 state regulatory and legislative bodies.

We continue to work on wind-siting issues, including radar, with other agencies that have responsibilities for development on public lands and protection of wildlife. WPA expanded its Wind for Schools pilot effort in Colorado to Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho and plans to expand it to four to five additional states in 2008. WPA also formed three Regional Wind Energy Institutes to educate and train stakeholders to present the wind energy story. Through these joint efforts and many others, we continue to expand wind energy as a viable option for power generation. The 20% Wind Energy by 2030 scenario developed by 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.

We appreciate the commitment of our partners to continue to work together for the benefit of all stakeholders. We share a common vision and hope for the future, and the success is yours to celebrate.

This information was last updated on February 29, 2008