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USA No 1 in New Capacity Installation in 2012

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Wind power was the No. 1 source of new capacity in the U.S. last year 
Wind power was the fastest-growing and biggest source of new capacity in the U.S. last year, accounting for 43% of all new installations, according to the Energy Department's annual wind market report. Long-term power purchase contracts signed in 2011 and 2012 had an average of $0.04 per kilowatt-hour, which was competitive with many wholesale electricity prices in 2012, according to the report. Wind turbines added more than 13 gigawatts of capacity to the nation's grid in 2012, up twofold from the year prior, the report said. "The tremendous growth in the U.S. wind industry over the past few years underscores the importance of consistent policy that ensures America remains a leader in clean energy innovation," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Platts (8/6), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/6), Salon (8/6), North American Windpower online (8/6)

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