2015-12-21. American wind power breezes past 70-gigawatt milestone.

posted Dec 27, 2015, 4:24 PM by Alan Gould
By AWEA, national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: ...American wind power just passed the 70 gigawatt (GW) mark, meaning enough wind turbine capacity is now installed to supply over 19 million typical American homes with low-cost electricity. ...“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,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “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.” Wind power crossed the 50 GW and 60 GW thresholds in 2012,  ...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 cost of wind-generated electricity has fallen 66 percent in six years.  ...The Department of Energy’s recent Wind Vision report says 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. The report found that hitting that target could create 380,000 American jobs....  http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx?ItemNumber=8255