workers on the factory floor. Moreover, the work culture is to work 60 hours per week in salaried positions.
The rate of growth in the wind power industry is stunning. In the U.S. in 2007, new installations totaled 5,244 MW (for a year-end total of 16,818 MW installed and commissioned) or 45% increase on the previously installed capacity (http://www.awea.org/Market_Report_Jan08.pdf ). This represents an acceleration of commissioned installations from record years of 2,454 MW for 2006 and 2,431 MW in 2005 on top of a base of 6,718 MW at the end of 2004. The 5,244 MW of new capacity represents 30% of all new U.S. electrical generation capacity for 2007 and wind installations now exceed 1% of U.S. electricity generation. Worldwide, the installed totals have increased from 47,553 MW at the end of 2004, to 59,091 MW at the end of 2005, to 74,223 MW for 2006, to 94,112 MW at the end of 2007 (http://www.awea.org/newsroom/pdf/070202__GWEC_Global_Market_Annual_Statistics.pdf, http://www.gwec.net/index.php?id=30&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=121&tx_ttnews[backP id]=4&cHash=f9b4af1cd0 and http://www.gwec.net/index.php?id=30&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=139&tx_ttnews[backP id]=4&cHash=6691aa654e ). As for installed domestic wind generation in MW at the end of 2007, capacity is heavily weighted to the Texas panhandle and surrounding region, the West Coast, and the crescent from southern Minnesota through Iowa to western Illinois, as illustrated in the following map (source: http://www.awea.org/projects/ ).
The Magnet for Locating in the Midwest and West
As mentioned above, the logistical advantages combined with wind potential, state tax incentives, skilled labor and educational facilities for wind maintenance are enough to convince turbine manufacturing companies to set up shop in or near the Midwest and West. Suzlon has blade manufacturing in Pipestone, MN. Siemens is producing blades in Ft. Madison, IA. Vestas