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US ranks second in world for installed wind capacity

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According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the US comes in second in the world for installed wind energy capacity.

A total of 61GW of wind capacity has been installed in the US, following modest growth last year with nearly 4.5% of electricity demand in a year.

The industry was hailed by DOE, with the sector seeing decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, with the nation moving closer to doubling it’s renewable energy by 2020.

76% of wind turbines manufactured in the US were exported last year, which was an increase of 57% since 2012.

But the sector has struggled to receive consistent policy support as the Congress refused to continue with the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) – a $13 billion (£7.8bn) yearly tax break.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “The continued success of the US wind industry highlights the importance of policies like the Production Tax Credit that provide a solid framework for America to lead the world in clean energy innovation while also keeping wind manufacturing and jobs in the US.”

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