Lack of Turbines Hurts Wind Farm Growth

Laramie, WY – A lack of wind turbines has stalled wind-power projects from Virginia to California. And Wyoming is no exception.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this week that turbine production worldwide has not kept up with demand.

Greg Howard of the power company AES Wind Generation says that has affected the way that wind farms are built in Wyoming.

"It's impacted us two ways. One is that you have to buy a turbine a couple years out just to get a place in the supply chain. And the other is that the price has risen dramatically in the past couple of years," he said.

In addition to a lack of turbines, Howard says a continuing stumbling block is the lack of power transmission lines to get the electricity to big markets. He says the high-priced turbines are diverting more cash from building up those lines.