I am pleased to report that recently, Siemens reached a significant milestone of 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind power capacity in the Americas. Did you know that is the equivalent of powering three million households in New York City?
The wind industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, and Siemens is proud of the confidence our customers have shown in our technology and service capabilities. As a result, we have been able to invest significantly in the Americas in order to service key wind markets such as the U.S. and Canada.
Our factories in the U.S. and Canada allow us to provide wind turbines right where they are needed and also provide the opportunity to export to other regions. We couldn’t have reached this significant milestone without our 1,900 dedicated employees in the Americas and our project partners.
In the U.S., we have a nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas and last fall, we opened a state-of-the-art wind service training center co-located with our Americas headquarters for Wind Power in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, we’ve invested in U.S. wind service locations in Houston, Texas; Goldendale, Washington; and Woodward, Oklahoma.
Just last week, as part of his “99 County Tour,” U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley visited Siemens’ wind blade manufacturing plant in Ft. Madison, Iowa. While there, Senator Grassley met with some of our more than 460 employees who call the 600,000 sq. ft. plant home. In Ft. Madison, the facility produces blades for G2 and D3 platform wind turbines and has produced more than 10,000 blades since it began operations in 2007.
During his visit, Siemens employees had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the production tax credit and thank the Senator for his leadership to advance the EXPIRE act which helps to ensure job and economic stability in the wind power sector.
We are proud to be part of the wind industry that supports 80,000 American jobs with manufacturing operations across 44 states. We look forward to the continued boost in new U.S. economic investment made available through the production tax credit as it spurs development of proven renewable energy projects.