CLAIM: Wind power isn’t a significant part of America’s energy portfolio.
Wind power has proven itself, generating more gigawatts than ever and delivering low-cost energy to consumers across the country every day.
- There are currently 61,108 MW of wind energy capacity installed in the U.S. – equal to 111 coal plants! (U.S. Department of Energy, April 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1bUt2t4)
- Wind energy was the most-added source of new electricity in the U.S. in 2012. The 10,689 MW of wind energy capacity added that year was 23% more than natural gas. (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, January 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1nYPGWv)
- Wind energy currently powers 15 million U.S. homes. (American Wind Energy Association, April 2014, http://bit.ly/R8yOz4)
- There’s no slowing down either – there were more than 12,000 MW of wind energy capacity under construction in the U.S. at the end of 2013. (Bloomberg, April 2014, http://bloom.bg/1mZbGjy)
- Nine U.S. states currently get over 10% of their electricity from wind power. And both South Dakota and Iowa get more than 25% of their electricity from wind energy. (American Wind Energy Association, April 2014, http://bit.ly/R8yOz4)
- Wind energy represented 37% of the electricity generation capacity added in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014. (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, April 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1pXxsqc)
- Wind energy reduced U.S. power sector carbon dioxide emissions by 4.4% in 2013. That’s equivalent to taking 16.9 million cars off the road. (Huffington Post, April 2014, http://huff.to/1lEdaNe)
- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to have over 18,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed by 2017. (Washington Times, May 2014, http://bit.ly/1pXONzt)
- The levelized (or “all-in”) cost of wind energy ranges from $0.07 per kW/h to $0.10 per kW/h, making wind energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels and even cheaper than coal energy in many areas. (Energy Information Administration, January 2013, http://1.usa.gov/PYbzGF)
- Is wind really that cheap now? Yes it is – given that global wind turbine prices decreased by 35% in four short years, from 2009-2013. (Bloomberg New Energy Finance, February 2014, http://bit.ly/1ivAKKL)
- Three utilities in New England agreed to purchase 565 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power 170,000 homes, at prices cheaper than natural gas. (The Boston Globe, September 2013, http://bit.ly/1jIyS2f)
- Wind power is a booming business. There was $13.3 billion of invested in the U.S. wind energy industry in 2013. (Business Council for Sustainable Energy, February 2014, http://bit.ly/1ivAKKL)
- Wind energy supports over 80,000 jobs in the U.S. (International Renewable Energy Agency, December 2013, http://bit.ly/1jMKJv0)
- The average wind farm creates 1,079 jobs over its lifetime. (Bloomberg, September 2012, http://bloom.bg/1nQQ6dh)