Iowa leads nation in wind power
Wind power provides 5.5% of the electricity generated in Iowa, making it the leading state for wind power generation on a percentage basis, according to the American Wind Energy Assn.
Wind power provides 5.5% of the electricity generated in Iowa, making it the leading state for wind power generation on a percentage basis, according to the American Wind Energy Assn. (AWEA).
AWEA’s annual ranking of wind power leadership also shows Texas leading the states in terms of both installed wind power capacity and the amount of new wind power capacity installed last year. The Sweetwater, Texas, wind plant more than doubled in capacity to 585 MW, pushing the plant to second place in size rankings.
AWEA’s report states that due to the expanding use of wind power in the United States, more wind turbine manufacturing facilities are being built. In early March, Vestas Americas A/S opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo. The 400,000-sq.-ft factory originally was to manufacture 1,200 wind blades per year, but the company announced that production was to increase to 1,800 blades per year.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey