U.S. wind industry reports continued growth in first quarter of 2011

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), America's wind-power industry installed 1,100 MW of new wind-energy turbines in the first quarter of 2011, and entered the second quarter with another 5,600 MW under construction. The under-construction figure is nearly twice the megawatts that the industry reported at this time in both 2009 and 2010. AWEA claims this growth indicates an “enduring industry that has proven both nimble and strong through a range of economic and policy conditions.” Of the 5,600 MW currently under construction, one third are located in Oregon, Washington and California, making the West Coast a leader in wind-project activity.