According to a recent report from The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year.
This increase set a new installation record and confirm its status as a mainstream energy source for this country. According to AWEA, the U.S industry topped all energy sources with 42 percent of all new U.S. electric generating capacity. Over 6700 new wind turbines were installed, producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 3.5 million homes. Overall, America finished the year with 45100 wind turbines that can power 15,2 million homes.
“We had an incredibly productive year in 2012,” said Rob Gramlich, Interim CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “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 more clean, renewable energy, and creating good jobs in U.S. factories.” AWEA’s report found that over 550 factories across the country provide parts and services for the wind energy industry, which provided 80,000 American jobs in 2012.
Wind power also helped address the disaster-level drought affecting half of U.S. counties by saving over 35 billion gallons of fresh water (120 gallons for every American), versus other water-intensive energy sources. And, it avoids over 4 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector annually.
Source AWEA Press Release