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Shares of major wind turbine manufacturers slumped on European markets on Wednesday as the U.S. presidential election—with the two candidates differing strongly on energy policy—continued to be too close to call as of 10 a.m. ET.

The biggest manufacturers of wind turbines have a strong presence on the U.S. wind market, which has been rapidly growing in recent years.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s energy agenda continues to be pro-oil and favoring the fossil fuel industries, while Democratic candidate Joe Biden has an energy plan that would strongly favor renewable power development, including wind energy.

On Wednesday afternoon central European time, shares of turbine manufacturer Vestas were down nearly 3 percent in Copenhagen, while Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was down by 2.4 percent in Madrid.

Vestas has more than 23.5 gigawatts (GW) installed in the United States, over 24 GW under service, and approximately 6,000 employees. Vestas US is the number one wind turbine company in the U.S., while its Vestas Tower Factory in Pueblo, Colorado, is the largest in the world, the firm says.

Siemens Gamesa, for its part, considers the U.S. a key market, and has 22 GW installed across 34 states, providing enough energy for over 6.5 million average U.S. homes. In Texas alone, Siemens Gamesa’s total installed capacity will soon be close to 6 GW after the company won in September a 325-MW onshore wind project.

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Offshore wind also has a lot of potential to become a major industry in the United States, and a Biden Administration will likely accelerate such development.

Smoother processes of leasing and permitting of offshore wind projects could facilitate up to US$166 billion in offshore wind investment in the United States by 2035, Wood Mackenzie said in recent research commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, and the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind.

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The U.S. wind industry installed nearly 2 GW of new wind power capacity in the third quarter of 2020, setting a record for third-quarter additions and bringing total American capacity to nearly 112 GW, AWEA said in its latest report last week.  

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  • George Doolittle on November 05 2020 said:
    The USA has massively over-invested in energy going on decades now but to say these expenditures have paid out in stupendous dividends would be the understatement of all time. Whilst the sector as capital appreciation has been brought to its knees in 2020 it's just truly mind blowing how erl period let alone natural gas, distillate fuels, refining, marketing, distribution right up to wholly speculative master limited partnerships have paid out in the case of Exxon Mobil for well over a Century. The boon to the US economy as a consequence has been simply put truly amazing with obviously this sector a major factor in public policy discussions literally going right to the top in Washington DC and War Finance...meaning in effect the whole God damn war in point of fact. "Renewables" are just icing on that amazing Super Cake of thang and in my not humble at all opinion one of the greatest gifts the United States of America has given to all of humanity. Yes the success has gone to our heads and we have a lot of messed up America because of this bounty but this is still that bounty nonetheless no matter what we have done to us let alone what we do to ourselves as a consequence (cough cough "put it all out on the internet for all to see" cough cough).

    It is I agree worth bringing up this "greed" if not worse really is bringing about a crisis in our US Democracy. I mean the USA really ain't about sharing and caring fer real in the least seemingly forever now...and there is so much fer real that needs putting back again no doubt.

    Take away the oil however and watch this mountain of Ameri-hate really go parabolic I think in a terrifyingly awful way. The USA at the moment continues to tear itself to pieces in heedless acts of partisanship that can be said to have the only intent of taking an inflamed situation and causing it to explode.

    Pretty sick in the head folks by every clinical definition ever made period. Hopefully the ahem "renewables volk" aim to renew the American People and give them something healthy and positive that can truly be believed in.

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