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The industry is expected to grow to $634 million by 2015, according to a recent Pike Research report, because small wind is currently more efficient and, therefore, cheaper on a cost-per-watt basis than solar photovoltaic cells.
To perform at capacity, small wind turbines need strong, steady wind, while solar panels are more versatile in where they can be used, say experts.
The installed megawatt capacity of wind turbines in the U.S. dropped by almost 50 percent last year as some developers held off investing because of policy uncertainty, according to wind power trade group AWEA.
An extension to renewable energy grants and corn ethanol subsidy are part of a tax deal while funding for clean-energy research and development appears flat.
Interior Department says it will work to identify high-priority areas off the Atlantic coast, as well as revise regulations to simplify the leasing process.
Investors turn away from the sector after Congress does not pass a renewable power mandate, an industry group says.
The Net giant is a major investor in a project to carry power from offshore wind turbines to the East Coast.
Better forecasting of surges in wind energy will help electricity utilities calibrate for fluctuations and save money, U.S. energy officials say.
Technologies that help air traffic control systems discern flying airplanes from wind turbines show positive results, but cooperation among government agencies is needed.
China and Europe outpacing U.S. in building wind energy infrastructure, despite public interest in adding wind energy to U.S. grid.