Despite foot-draggers in Congress, wind turbine company adding 800 jobs to Colorado manufacturing

by Meteor Blades – The United States had a tremendous opportunity in the early 1980s to become the world’s premier manufacturer and innovator of wind turbines. Thanks to the Reagan administration’s sneering and budget-cutting, that opportunity was squandered and, as a consequence, a one-time Danish appliance company called Vestas became the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer. Currently, 19 percent of global wind turbine capacity has been built by Vestas, totaling 60 gigawatts. Vestas has installed 51,000 turbines in 73 nations. Many other companies, including the U.S.-based G.E. Energy, have entered the market over the years, and G.E. even managed to outpace Vestas to take the No. 1 position in 2012. But last year Vestas was again the world’s biggest supplier, with 13.1 percent of global installations. It has installed 52 percent more wind capacity than the next strongest company. Its U.S. headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, and Vestas has four...

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