Thursday, 30 May 2013

US wind energy grows 28% and installs 45,100 turbines for a breakthrough
17 Apr 2013

According to the latest report from the American Wind Energy Association, wind power in the United States had grown 28% during 2012 and it now accounts for 42% of all new US electricity-generating capacity. Setting a new installation record of 6,600 wind turbines erected during 2012, leaving the country with 45,100 wind turbines, enough to power 15.2 million homes in a country with nearly 320 million people, the country has confirmed its status as a mainstream energy source.

"We had an incredibly productive year in 2012, it really showed what this industry can do and the impact we can have with a continued national commitment to renewable energy. We're doing what Americans overwhelmingly say they want: making cleaner, renewable energy, and creating good jobs in U.S, factories", said Rob Gramlich, CEO of AWEA, according to press release.

Wind energy contributed to over 80,000 jobs in the US. In 2012, the wind industry has actually helped donate to the rise in the entire US economy. Wind power provided green energy, helped to appease drought conditions in the country by saving over 35 billion gallons of fresh water (120 gallons for every American) that would have otherwise gone to generating energy. Moreover, it avoids over 4% of CO₂ emissions in the power sector annually.