The American Wind Energy Association ("AWEA") issued its annual report outlining tremendous growth in the wind industry in 2009. In the United States, the American wind power industry increased by 39 percent in 2009, adding 9,900 megawatts, the largest increase on record. AWEA credits the tremendous growth to a number of state laws, such as the one in Ohio, which set renewable portfolio standards for U.S. utilities. AWEA also noted that federal stimulus money and tax incentives contributed to the industry growth. A full copy of the report is available on the AWEA website .
Ohio lags behind most other states according to the AWEA report, ranked 34th in the nation. With only seven megawatts of power installed and no utility scale wind projects currently under construction, Ohio may soon make some strides in this area.
At least six major wind projects are currently in development, with applications currently pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board. If all projects go forward as currently planned, Ohio may eventually add almost 900 additional megawatts of power to the state's current tally.