Florida becoming a wind hub

Florida has grown to become a manufacturing hub for the wind energy industry, the American Wind Energy Association said in a news conference Thursday.

Florida currently ranks ninth in the country with 2,000 to 3,000 jobs and 15 manufacturing facilities related to wind power, according to the association’s 2011 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. Florida manufacturing facilities that produce wind-power components include GE Energy's turbine manufacturing plant in Pensacola and Atlantic Bearings' power-transmission parts supplier in Doral.

So far, Florida hasn’t had any significant wind power generation ‘farms’ but that is set to change in the near future, said Jeffrey Anthony, director of business development for the association. He said several new wind farms were recently permitted in the state.

“Turbine technology continues to improve and expand the use of longer blades for example,” “As it improves, wind energy will be used more frequently in state where it has been relatively absent, like Florida.”

The wind industry is preparing for the world’s largest wind power conference in Atlanta in June, called WINDPOWER 2012.

Read more in the South Florida Business Journal.


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