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.
Sales of wind turbines under 100 kilowatts in capacity have grown rapidly thanks to better incentives, maturing technology, and consumer demand.
Trade group for the U.S. wind industry releases annual report, showing increased installations on land, but still no lift-off for offshore options.
China and Europe outpacing U.S. in building wind energy infrastructure, despite public interest in adding wind energy to U.S. grid.
Investors turn away from the sector after Congress does not pass a renewable power mandate, an industry group says.
Better forecasting of surges in wind energy will help electricity utilities calibrate for fluctuations and save money, U.S. energy officials say.
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.
Massachusetts stiffens the requirements for its small-wind rebate program, a sign that people, aided by online tools, can better choose locations for home turbines.
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.
Industry group says power-generating capacity rose 39 percent, but the number of U.S. jobs associated with wind energy was flat last year, thanks in part to the recession.