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Despite Trump Administration Policies, Wind Power Still Growing

Technological improvements and market demand have buoyed the sector against the Trump adminsitration’s attacks.
August 24, 2019, 7am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Technological advances and interest in renewable energy have made wind power attractive to investors and communities around the United States. While the Trump administration has created legislative roadblocks and accused windmills of giving people cancer (they don’t), utilities have continued to build wind farms. "Wind represented the third largest source of new generation in the U.S., behind solar and natural gas in 2018, according to the DOE," John Funk writes for Utility Dive.

Larger rotors and higher windmills made possible by technological advances have created windmills that generate more power. These advances, combined with state mandates for clean energy and existing tax policies, have made the sector attractive to investors. Industry experts predict continued growth in the sector and point to a backlog of projects in the planning phases or in process.

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Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Utility Dive
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