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  • A typical modern wind turbine produces 17 times more electricity than the typical turbine did in 1990.
  • U.S. wind power already produces as much electricity as 14 nuclear power plants.
  • It would take 319 million barrels of oil (over 13 billion gallons) to generate as much electricity as U.S. wind turbines will generate this year.
  • The U.S. wind industry has invested $18 billion a year on average over the last 5 years in U.S. projects.
  • U.S. wind energy development is currently on track to reach the goal of producing 20% of America’s electricity by 2030.
  • The majority of the value of U.S. wind farms is made-in-the-USA
  • American wind power has grown by more than 29% on average every year for the past five years.
  • Wind energy installed 36.5% of all new electric generating capacity in America over the past 5 years, more than coal and nuclear combined, and wind was the single largest source of new power during 2012.
  • A single wind turbine supplies enough electricity to power over 560 American homes.
  • Wind energy produces more than a quarter of all the electricity in Iowa and South Dakota.
  • The land based American wind resource alone could electrify the nation more than 9 times over.
  • It would take the fuel of a coal train 9,000 miles long (enough to cross the U.S. 3 times) to produce as much electricity as U.S. wind turbines generated this year.
  • 98% of U.S. wind turbines are on private land, such as farms and ranches.
  • There are over 500 U.S. manufacturing facilities making wind components across 43 states.
  • With technology advancements, the price of wind energy has dropped by 58% over the past five years.
  • At $3.30 per gallon, driving today costs you 14 cents a mile, while running an electric car on wind power costs less than 2 cents a mile. It’s like paying 35 cents a gallon at the pump!
  • Each typical wind turbine brings over $3,000 in added income each year to farmers and ranchers, while allowing continued use of their land.
  • Unlike nearly every other form of energy, wind uses virtually no water – conserving over 37 billion gallons of water each year, about 120 gallons per capita, or the equivalent of 286 billion bottles of water.
  • Wind energy, on certain days, has produced over 60% of the electricity on certain power systems in the U.S.