Colorado currently boasts 1,068 MW of wind power installed as of January 2009. In 1999, Colorado had 22 MW of wind installed wind power. Over 10 years, our state has increased wind power by 1,046 MW. This increase brings Colorado to 8th place nationally, trailing Texas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and New York.With leading wind energy research taking place at Colorado based U.S. Department of Energy agencies, NREL-National Renewable Energy Laboratories and NCAR-National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado stands at the forefront of wind energy technology development. Vestas Wind Systems is currently investing more than 1.5 billion in new wind power production facilities in Colorado. Vestas’ only US based wind turbine blade manufacturing facility is located in Windsor. Vestas also operates two wind energy manufacturing facilities located in Brighton and are currently building the world’s largest wind tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo.
Other leading wind energy companies with facilities located in Colorado are RES–Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., Clipper Windpower and Siemens USA. Formerly based in Austin, TX, Renewable Energy Systems, relocated to Broomfield in 2008. Clipper Windpower has a regional office in Denver and Seimens USA has a new wind turbine research and development center located in Boulder.
For information on small wind energy systems, visit the Colorado alternative energy enthusiasts at OtherPower.com. Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink recently finished a new book entitled, Homebrew Wind Power “A Hands-on Guide to Harnessing the Wind”, that is available through their website. OtherPower.com also offers wind turbine construction seminars for those interested in building their own wind turbine and tower.
With an eco-friendly Governor and President in office, Colorado wind energy blows strong and profitable!
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Visit the the U.S. Department of Energy “Wind Powering America” web site for more information regarding wind energy.