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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.

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Colorado’s Eastern Plains produce more than just agricultural products. Abundant renewable resources, like wind, yield 95 percent of the state’s installed capacity of renewable energy.

Since 2003, Illinois has become home to more than 50 wind farms, with more being planned and under construction today.

Indiana boasts the largest wind farm in the Midwest covering portions of White, Jasper, and Benton Counties with an astounding 414 wind turbines.

Iowa continues to be a national leader in wind power after becoming the first state in the nation to generate more than 30 percent of it’s electricity from wind.

With more $11.4 billion in capital investment in the state, Kansas is the fourth largest producer of wind energy in the country.

Louisiana’s offshore industries have the potential to build and maintain wind installations across the Gulf of Mexico.

Massachusetts has set one of the most ambitious wind energy goals in the country, installing 3,200 MW of offshore wind power by 2035.

Taking advantage of the state’s wide-open prairie areas enables Minnesota to be one of the top 10 states for renewable wind energy generation in the country.

Michigan boasts the largest installed wind energy base in the Great Lakes region with more than 750 turbines producing over 1368 MW of electricity.

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.

Wind energy off New York’s coastline could generate 40,000 megawatts— enough to power more than 11 million homes – according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

An East Coast leader in wind energy as a result of natural wind resources, Pennsylvania is positioned to be a wind energy hub due to its close proximity to several offshore sites along the Atlantic coast.

Texas remains the wind industry leader in the United States – ranking both first in installed wind capacity and new capacity under construction.

Although Virginia does not currently have any utility-scale wind power in operation, developers are interested in possible projects in the Commonwealth, both onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Wyoming has one of the highest wind power potentials of any state in the United States due to the prevalence of high-altitude prairies with broad ridges.

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