In the 1930s Russia was the first in the world to start constructing utility-scale wind turbines. Studies of the wind potential were also done many years ago. However, due to financial difficulty and lack of policy, in the last several years development of the wind power industry has been slow. Currently, Russia only has a little over 20 MW of wind and new hasn’t been built since 2002. More recently, the wind power industry in Russia has started gaining a little bit of traction. In 2008 the first wind turbine became grid connected in Murmansk.