U.S. wind energy development is currently on track and even ahead of the goal of producing 20% of America’s electricity by 2030.
With technology advancements, the price of wind energy has dropped by 43% over the past few years, delivering one of the most competitive forms of power.
98% of U.S. wind turbines are on private land, such as farms and ranches.
The U.S. wind industry has invested $18 billion a year on average over the last 5 years in U.S. projects.
Each typical wind turbine brings over $3,000 in added income each year to farmers and ranchers, while allowing continued use of their land.
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.
72% of the value of U.S. wind turbines was made-in-the-USA during 2012.
Wind energy produces more than 20% of all the electricity in Iowa and South Dakota.
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!
U.S. wind power already produces as much electricity as 14 nuclear power plants.
The land based American wind resource alone could electrify the nation more than 9 times over.
There are over 550 U.S. manufacturing facilities making wind components across 44 states.
American wind power has grown by more than 29% on average every year for the past five years.
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.
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.
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.
Wind energy, on certain days, has produced over 60% of the electricity on certain power systems in the U.S.
If Texas were a country, it would rank sixth in the world in installed wind power.
A typical modern wind turbine produces 17 times more electricity than the typical turbine did in 1990.