Wind Power Growth is Slowing

Interesting report today from the American Wind Energy Association: US wind power installed over 10 GW last year, but installations have been slowing since 2008. This may be a consequence of the Great Recession and not a trend, but it is worth watching if Wind picks up in ’10. Wind is a cash crop in Iowa, which gets the highest percent of power from wind (14%); and is a big business in Texas, which has the largest wind farms (of course! everything’s bigger in Texas). Here are suggestions on how to invest in wind, from Sustainable Business:

  • GE Energy (GE) remained #1 in US wind turbine sales
  • NextEra Energy Resources (FPL) continued to lead in wind farm ownership
  • Xcel Energy (XEL) continued to lead utilities in wind power usage.

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About Duncan Davidson 228 Articles

Affiliation: NetService Ventures

Duncan is an advisor to NetService Ventures, where he focuses on digital media and the mobile Internet.

Previously he was at four start-ups: Xumii, a mobile social service based on a Social Addressbook; SkyPilot Networks, the performance leader of wireless mesh systems for last-mile access, where he was the founding CEO; Covad Communications (Amex: DVW, $9B market cap at the peak), the leading independent DSL access provider, where he was the founding Chairman; InterTrust Technologies ($9B market cap at the peak), the pioneer in digital rights management technologies, now owned by Sony and Philips, where he was SVP Business Development and the pitchman for the IPO.

Before these ventures, Duncan was a partner at Cambridge Venture Partners, an early-stage venture firm, and managing partner of Gemini McKenna, a joint venture between Regis McKenna's marketing firm and Gemini Consulting, the global management consulting arm of Cap Gemini.

He serves on the board or is an adviser to Aggregate Knowledge (content discovery), Livescribe (digital pen), AllVoices (citizen journalism), Xumii (mobile social addressbook), Verismo (Internet settop box), and Widevine (DRM for IPTV).

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