August 21, 2012
The Energy Department released a new report today highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the manufacturing and jobs associated with this booming global industry remain in America.
Over the past four years, the Energy Department has supported the testing and
validation of newly developed technologies to help further reduce
costs and speed the deployment of next generation technologies into the marketplace. In Lubbock, Texas, the Energy Department joined with Texas Tech
University and Sandia National Laboratories last month to break ground on a new wind farm testing facility in Lubbock, Texas. Through this facility, public and private institutions will be able to assess new methods and technologies for optimizing whole wind farms’ performance and power production.