After the last two years that were somewhat stagnating for the US wind power industry this year looks like a significant improvement, especially after the US largest wind power producer NextEra Energy announced plan to invest around $3 billion in wind farms over the next three years. This investment should account for 2 gigawatts of new wind power capacity by the end of 2012.
Wind power sector is starting to look lively in many U.S. states and Texas, the nation's wind energy leader, is once again showing the way it needs to be done.
Wind Energy Transmission Texas LLC already announced $500 million worth building of 378 miles (608 kilometers) of transmission lines in west Texas and Duke Energy's Renewables Division announced plans to build a large 200 MW wind farm in Willacy County, Texas.
Iowa is also looking good in wind power development as RPM Access Wind Development of Des Moines announced plan to construct a 150 MW wind farm near Gladbrook, Iowa and Alliant Energy Corp. plans to build a 100 MW wind farm in Iowa.
Wind Works Power plans to build 150 MW Thunder Spirit wind farm in North Dakota with construction set to begin by the end of this year.
2011 certainly looks positive for U.S. wind energy industry. According to the latest report by the American Wind Energy Association in the first half of this year US added 2,151 MW of new wind power capacity, a 72% increase compared to 1,250 Mw during the same period in 2010.