Rapid Growth In US Wind Power

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has recently reported that wind farms now providing more than 30% of the electricity in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Fourteen states generate over 10% of the electricity from wind farms. The total wind power capacity in the United States is now 88,973 MW, which operated in forty-one of the fifty states. Wind farms in the United States employ over 105,000 people in the United States.

The United States has significant, undeveloped onshore and offshore wind resources. The cost in $/kWh for wind power is less than coal and nuclear power plants. Conservative Republican states like Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota have developed “progressive” energy programs. Progressive states like Oregon appear to be satisfied with “conservative” fossil fuel focused energy policies. Governor Kate Brown of Oregon, please explain.


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