Wind is winning!

Posted on May 25, 2016
Posted By: Elsa Cantu
 

By continuing to advance technology and lower costs, wind power, America’s fastest growing new source of electricity, will stay on pace to grow to supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by 2020. That’s according to leading wind energy executives this morning during the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2016 Conference and Exhibition, as thousands of attendees continued to file into the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind energy industry event all year.

Helping to grow wind energy in the U.S. are a mix of stable federal policy, passed late last year on a bipartisan vote by Congress, forward-looking states raising their renewable energy targets, and corporate and other non-utility buyers aiming to cut carbon pollution and pass savings onto American homeowners and businesses.

“Wind is winning,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas America and recently-elected board chair of AWEA. “While our fuel is free, our customers know, the machines aren’t free. The challenge is to make renewable technology so cheap that it’s the obvious choice. That’s why we’ve driven down costs by technology advancement including longer rotors, taller towers, advanced controls, and product reliability. Investor appetite has grown, also lowering the cost of capital. And as a result, the real cost of wind power in the US has dropped by more than 60 percent.”

Partly due to this rising source of demand, wind energy could grow to the leading source of electricity in America at 35 percent by 2050 according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report, which shows wind can support 380,000 well-paying jobs by 2030 and 600,000 jobs by 2050.

Wind already supports hundreds of wind manufacturing workers in Louisiana, including in factories that produce turbine blades, and components for the U.S. offshore industry. Louisiana is among 43 states with wind-related factories, which total over 500 nationwide.

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December, 04 2019

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