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U.S. wind energy capacity surpasses 2-gigawatt mark

Sept. 4 -- Installed U.S. wind energy capacity has blown past the 2-gigawatt milestone, achieving in two years what had taken two decades.

Wind provides 20,152 megawatts of electricity generating capacity in the United States, enough to serve 5.3 million American homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Wind power supplies about 1.5% of the nationĀ“s electricity, but is well ahead of the curve for contributing 20% by 2030, said Randall Swisher, executive director of the AWEA.
In 1985, the United States had 1,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity. The industry surpassed the 1-gigawatt, or 10,000-megawatt, milestone in mid-2006. It has taken two years to double that capacity.


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