The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) just announced a new wind power milestone of 70GW for the US.
This means that there is enough power generated to supply 19 million homes with electricity, or light the Rockefeller Christmas tree for over 440,000 years!
CEO of AWEA, Tom Kiernan commented, “This American wind power success story just gets better. There’s now enough wind power installed to meet the equivalent of total electricity demand in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming,”
“Wind energy is the biggest, fastest and cheapest way we can cut carbon pollution here in the U.S., and as wind power grows, so will savings for American families and businesses all across the country.”
The 70GW milestone was reached back in November, but was just announced this month. The uncertainty of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) slowed the momentum of wind energy installations over the past few years, however, thanks to the recent multi-year extension to the PTC, there are many installations underway across the country.
According to the press release by AWEA:
‘There are currently over 50,000 operating wind turbines in the U.S., at more than 980 utility-scale wind farms across 40 states and Puerto Rico. American wind power began this year with a capacity of 65,877 MW, with 956 utility-scale wind projects in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and continues to add more this month, which will push the 2015 total well above the 70,000 MW (70 GW) being announced today.’
The latest Wind Vision report by the Department of Energy stated: U.S. wind energy is poised to double from nearly five percent of U.S. electricity today to 10 percent by 2020, and double again to 20 percent by 2030.
Hitting these targets would mean that wind energy could create an additional 380,000 jobs for Americans. Not too shabby!