US wind power to grow

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US wind-generated electricity consumption is expected to grow at a high rate over the next two years, according to the latest industry forecast for First Research from INFORUM.

Growth in wind power has been encouraged in recent years by tax breaks and green pricing programs, which allow energy customers to choose renewable energy sources for a premium price. Electricity generation from wind totaled 120 billion kilowatt-hours in 2011, up from 6 billion in 2000. Wind turbines now generate about 3 percent of total electricity in the US, according to the Energy Information Administration.