The American Wind Energy Association says wind power in the United States has reached 50 gigawatts of electric -generating capacity, enough to power 13 million homes.
PBN’s Washington Bureau reports the trade group announced the milestone on Tuesday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.
Hawaii already has a number of wind-power projects on Maui and Oahu, where Boston-based First Wind recently started construction on what will be the state’s largest wind farm at Kawailoa near the North Shore town of Haleiwa.
However, as Kent Hoover of the Washington Bureau notes, a tax break that has enabled the industry to double its generation capacity over the past four years is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, although Congress will consider a bill to extend it when it returns from its August recess.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)