Wind turbine technician is one of the fastest-growing jobs in America over the past decade.
The expansion of the wind industry helps deliver economic benefits to towns where they are built.
WIND ENERGY ACROSS THE U.S. CAN HELP LIFT THE COUNTRY INTO A CLEANER, CHEAPER ENERGY FUTURE
Wind energy across the U.S. is already giving the country nearly 7.3 percent of its electricity generation, and it couldn’t come at a better time to help provide additional sources of power for our nation’s energy consumers.
As of October 2020, there were more than 65,000 wind turbines capable of cranking out 108,942 Megawatts (MW) of electricity all over the country, from the bluebonnet fields of Texas to the windswept plains in the Midwest and out to Rhode Island’s coastal waters.
Together, these turbines with an average capacity of 1.66 MW can generate enough electricity to power roughly 29 million homes each month, according to calculations based on U.S. government data. It takes the average turbine 95 minutes to capture enough wind energy to power the average home for a month.
Since 2003, Illinois has become home to more than 50 wind farms, with more being planned and under construction today.
America’s largest offshore wind farm, the 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind, will be built in New Jersey.
New Mexico has the potential to generate more than all of the electricity currently consumed in the state with wind power.