The U.S. wind industry built 5,115 MW of wind power in 2010, which was barely half of 2009's record pace, as indicated by the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Fourth Quarter Market Report for 2010, and reported by North American Windpower. The industry has enetered 2011 with more than 5,600 MW of projects under construction, and utilities are moving to lock in favorable rates as wind power becomes more cost competitve with natural gas for new electric generation.

AWEA reports that 3,195 MW of wind-powered electric generating capacity came online in the fourth quarter of 2010. That was below the 4,113 MW installed during the same period in 2009. Total U.S. wind capacity is now 40,180 MW, an increase of 15 percent over the start of 2010. To read more, visit the North American Windpower website.