At 35 Percent of New Capacity, is Wind Still Alternative Energy?

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Wind represents a third of the nation’s new power, and the industry has grown 35 percent each year for five years, AWEA says.

The U.S. wind energy industry saw 35 percent average annual growth over the last five years and accounted for 35 percent of new U.S. power capacity in that period, according to the 2010 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. Its only rival in growth and new capacity has been natural gas. So either natural gas is alternative energy — or wind isn’t, according to the greentechmedia blog.

The report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) describes a power source that has become integral in the U.S. energy supply — one that AWEA CEO Denise Bode calls “not a silver bullet, but part of the silver buckshot that is the answer to America’s energy needs.”

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