Wind

Wind is an inexhaustible and clean, indigenous energy resource that can generate enough electricity to power millions of homes and businesses. 

 

According to the IEA total U.S. wind generation capacity increased to 16,904 MW in 2007. The year 2008 is expected to be another record year for wind energy with total capacity growth in excess of 5,000 MW with even more wind resources to be explored.

 

The U.S. capacity added in 2007 represents more than 27% of worldwide additions to wind capacity in that year. Approximately 45 new projects were installed in 18 states with more than 3,200 turbines commissioned.

The current wind capacity installed will generate approximately 48 million MWh per year - enough to provide power for 4.3 million U.S. homes - and displace approximately 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide that would have been emitted by traditional resources

Wind energy is the fastest-growing energy technology and has increased its contribution to just over 1% of total U.S. generation. However, in Minnesota and Iowa nearly 7.5% of the electricity consumed is generated by wind power. 

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. DoE Report