The analysis found that nine states, primarily in the wind-blown Great Plains, relied on wind power for more than 12 percent of their electricity in 2014. Iowa and South Dakota produced more than a quarter of their electricity from wind, while Kansas generated roughly 22 percent. With over 14,000 MW in total capacity, Texas remained the leading state for wind installations in 2014.

The government report also highlights a number of benefits to this sort of power including “a ripple effect on the American economy.” According to estimates, the wind industry currently supports 73,000 jobs related to development, siting, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries.

“With declining costs and continued technological development, these reports demonstrate that wind power is a reliable source of clean, renewable energy for American homes and businesses,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Through continued investments and the help of stable policies, we’re confident that wind power will keep playing a major role in creating jobs and shaping America’s clean energy future.”

The DOE reports follow an analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released in June which found that in the first half of 2015, wind and solar power together accounted for 2,518 megawatts, or 65 percent, of new electricity generating capacity brought online in the U.S.

The surge in renewable resources comes despite waning federal support. The growth of the wind market was largely due to a Production Tax Credit which the Republican-led legislature allowed to expire at the end of 2014, despite widespread support. At the same time, the U.S. government is projected to spend more than $135 billion in fossil fuel subsidies over the next decade.

Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

Click Here: Bape Kid 1st Camo Ape Head rompers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *