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Wind Energy Report, New Project Awards Announced

July 16, 2009 By

The U.S. is now the world's number one generator of wind-powered electricity, recently passing Germany, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report,. And while a $16 billion investment last year added 8,558 megawatts of wind generating capacity, the total output could still only satisfy less than 2 percent of the country's energy needs. Today, however, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 28 new wind-energy projects have been selected to receive $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds, and will focus on market and deployment challenges.

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