Record-breaking year for wind

The U.S. wind industry broke all previous records by installing nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2009 (enough to serve over 2.4 million homes), an increase of 39 percent, but U.S. wind turbine manufacturing declined from the previous year, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in its Q4 report.

The association had anticipated a drop as large as 50 percent in manufacturing, but the boost in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AR

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