Wind energy is a clean source of fuel that offers an environmentally friendly alternative to the coal-fired and nuclear power plants associated with pollution, acid rain, and global climate change. Wind energy is also infinitely sustainable, unlike other forms of energy used today.
Wind turbines are used to collect wind and convert it into energy. If you’re interested in learning more about wind power, here are some facts and benefits associated with this powerful piece of equipment.
Fast Facts About Wind Turbines and Wind Power
- Wind mills have been used since 2000 B.C. and were first created in China and Persia.
- Twenty states in the U.S. currently produce more than 5% of their total electricity from wind energy.
- Here in the U.S., wind turbine installation companies have created around 73,992 MW of wind project capacity.
- In 2015, Iowa led the U.S. in wind power, generating more than 30% of its electricity from wind energy.
- Almost all (98.7%) wind turbines are installed on private land.
- Today’s turbines generate 19 times more electricity than they did in 1990.
- Wind power requires virtually no water.
- Since 2011, the U.S. wind industry has invested about $13 billion each year.
- As of May 2016, the U.S. has 48,500 operating turbines.
- North Carolina announced in 2015 that it is beginning construction on the state’s first utility-scale wind farm.
- The fastest growing profession in the U.S. is now wind turbine installer or technician.
The Benefits of Wind Turbines
- Wind power farms generate between 17 and 39 times as much power as they consume, while nuclear plants and coal plants only produce 16 and 11 times as much power as they consume, respectively.
- One wind turbine can power as many as 500 homes.
- Wind energy is very good for the environment. In 2015, wind-generated electricity avoided 132 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
- Wind projects help families in low-income counties, particularly farmers and local landowners.
- The wind industry pays taxes to local communities, which provides additional revenue to hospitals, schools, and other important public services.
- As the wind industry grows, it creates hundreds of thousands of new, stable jobs in the United States. The Department of Energy speculates that the industry could support up to 180,000 jobs directly related to wind and up to 500,000 jobs indirectly related (trucking, shipping, manufacturing) by the year 2030.
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