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Unformatted text preview: 34 | P a g e 1 / 2 6 / 2 0 0 9 R E C O R D G R O W T H F O R W I N D P O W E R Wind farms were built at a blistering pace last year, as wind power capacity grew by a record 50 percent in 2008, according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association. Texas, already the top wind-producing state, extended its lead, while California fell from second to third in the rankings, passed by Iowa. However, the head of the wind association, Denise Bode, called the numbers “both exciting and sobering” in a statement. Financing for many wind project has dried up in the wake of the banking sector’s troubles, and some turbine manufacturers — including, most recently Clipper Windpower in Iowa — are laying off workers. The industry is hoping that the stimulus bill working its way through Congress will help the industry. Ms. Bode has previously said that, “If something isn’t done, we could see as much as a 50 percent reduction in new wind starts in 2009 compared to 2008.” On the bright side, the industry group said that 85,000 people are employed in the wind industry, compared to about 50,000 a year ago. 1 / 2 6 / 2 0 0 9...
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2011 for the course BIO 1A taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Casper College.
- Fall '09