Since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has made energy independence a national priority, calling upon Americans to “confront our dependence on foreign oil, address the moral, economic and environmental challenge of global climate change, and build a clean energy future . . . .” The President’s initiative comes in the wake of a year of unprecedented growth in wind energy development. In 2008 alone the nation’s total wind energy generating capacity increased by over 50%, creating enough new generating capacity to serve over two million homes. The trend is expected to continue.