Wind power is now supplying more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states — Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota — according to data recently released in the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017.
AWEA said that New Mexico added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.
According to the new report, the industry employs a record 105,500 people across all 50 states.
“American wind power reached new heights for energy generated and U.S. jobs in 2017. And don’t be surprised when the industry continues to break records,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said in a statement. “Wind is competitively priced, reliable, and clean — a winning combination that’s creating economic growth in all 50 states.”
AWEA said that, nationally, 14 states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind. In addition, the installation of 7,017 MW of wind in 2017 brings total U.S. installed wind power capacity to 88,973 MW from 54,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.
The people and technology driving the trends in AWEA’s latest annual market report will gather in Chicago, May 7-10, for the WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition.