Wind Energy Fast Facts

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U.S. wind power capacity has more than tripled in the past decade, and the cost of electricity from wind has dropped by two-thirds in recent years.

In 2017:

  • Wind provided more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states (Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota) and more than 10 percent in ten other states.
  • U.S. wind capacity grew by 9 percent.
  • Wind energy employed over 105,000 people in all 50 states, including more than 23,000 jobs in American factories (more than half the components in a typical American wind turbine are Made In The USA).
  • Wind provided 6.3 percent of America’s electricity as a whole.
  • By taking the place of power plants that use fossil fuels to generate electricity, American wind energy kept us from emitting 189 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 40 million cars!
  • Likewise, wind helped avoid the use of 95 billion gallons of water, which fossil fuel-powered plants need in large quantities.
  • By hosting wind turbines on their property, landowners such as farmers and ranchers received $267 million in lease payments. That’s in addition to millions of dollars in property taxes, which pay for roads, schools, hospitals and more in rural communities.
  • The U.S. hosted almost 54,000 individual wind turbines, enough to power roughly 27 million homes!

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Source: American Wind Energy Association’s “U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017”.