The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced the formation of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), which will focus on advocacy and education to promote the on-site generation and consumption of distributed wind energy.
The new coalition will have a national scope and will be lead by Jennifer Jenkins as executive director.
DWEA will expand the efforts of AWEA, which include producing an annual statistical report, and advocating on the state and federal levels for distributed wind – small and mid-sized turbines that generate enough electricity for a home or business.
Distributed wind systems create local jobs, reduce operating expenses, protect against electricity rate hikes, save fuel, and reduce pollution and energy imports, says the DWEA.
Market data from 2009 show that the industry reached 100 MW of installed capacity, more than $80 million in sales and in excess of $250 million in private equity investment.
The industry is growing at a healthy rate and business prospects are improving, adds the new association. This is in large part due to the industry’s successful pursuit of the 30% federal tax credit introduced in 2009.
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