Wind Energy – The Largest Source of Clean Energy in the US

Windmills south of Dumas, TX. Credit:  CC/ Billy Hathorn

Windmills south of Dumas, TX. Credit: CC/ Billy Hathorn

Wind energy has expanded with around 82,183MWs of installed capacity by 2016 to overtake hydroelectric source of clean energy in the US. The nation’s hydroelectric dams which generated around 80,000MWs were surpassed by the power generated by the wind turbines.

Meanwhile, this reiterates the EIA’s projection of the wind and solar power to account for the fastest growth of the US energy sector, and also the projection of wind power reaching 94,000MWs by 2018. In the context of actual power generated, dams still surpass wind turbines. But with few dams which are planned for construction, it is predicted that in the coming years wind power would exceed the hydroelectric power.

According to a new report, by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 10,000MWs in new power is being constructed. This includes the nation’s first large off-shore wind farm, the Amazon Wind Farm, NC. The country’s largest wind power producer has been Texas, producing 13% of the state’s total power. Texas produced 20,000MWs of wind power and has 11,000 turbines.

The wind power sector is also increasing its impetus in a creation of jobs, as it provides employment for around 100,000 people.  The rural areas like Midwest have been contributing to the sector’s growing capacity. Meanwhile, North Dakota installed 3,000MWs in the last decade.

In the context of international wind energy, China still leads in wind power capacity. In 2016, out of the total 54,000GW installed worldwide, 42% was accounted to China. It is reported that by 2030 Chinese wind turbines would supply to 26% of the total electricity demand. Meanwhile, Europe added 12.5GW of wind power in 2016.

With the last years’ US election, there has been some conjecture around renewable energy growth with the new Trump administration. It has been noted that nearly 88% of wind capacity installed was in the states that voted for Trump. Investors are optimistic on the sinking cost of wind turbines and the construction of new wind farms in low-income areas, which would reportedly be factors contributing to the wind power growth.

Major US corporations are making the most of the wind power. Google is apparently planning a 225MW wind farm in Oklahoma and Amazon is planning on construction of turbines in North Carolina.  The wind power sector will be further augmented by New York’s planned 90MW off-shore wind farm. There are many factors which make wind power attractive regardless of all impending obstacles.

This entry was posted in Investing in Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, Sources of Renewable Energy. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

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