Wind energy growth stunted

Report blames divided Congress for drop off in wind farm installations

The number of new wind energy farms installed in the U.S. plummeted in 2013 compared with the year before, according to a new report.

Figures released by Navigant Research reveal that just more than 1 gigawatt of new wind capacity came online in 2013, down from 13 gigawatts of new wind energy in 2012, according to

At the end of 2013, Congress let a wind energy tax credit expire that had been established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. The report blamed a “politically divided Congress” that “failed to extend tax incentives in time to positively impact the 2013 development and construction cycle.” The credit was worth 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour; a one-year extension would have cost $6 billion.

Meanwhile, the U.S. subsidizes fossil fuels to the tune of $502 billion per year, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund.