A redditor recently created and shared a great GIF map of wind power growth in the United States. As you can see above, it shows monthly electricity generation from wind power by state from 2001 to 2013.
In 2013, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Illinois were the top wind energy producing states according to the EIA. but it has been growing quite fast in almost every state. Wind power is actually now the cheapest option for new electricity in many if not most markets around the world, so there’s clearly an avenue open for growth there.
An article on Planetsave.com points out: “the head of the IEA, Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven, notes that solar and wind power can’t be add-on solutions. Our entire electricity systems need to transform.” The chart above shows the beginning of that transformation wonderfully, but we still need much more.
Another great social media share we recently received comes from Sami Koreibi, who highlighted via a tweet that the power that individual wind turbines can generate has increased 100x over in the past 30 years, tagging CleanTechnica director/editor Zachary Shahan in the tweet:
Much of the coasts of the United States are suited to use wind energy, and we haven’t even begun to tap our offshore wind power potential. Wind is a renewable energy source. It does not pollute. It is an excellent alternative to fossil fuels. It was a short time ago that wind power was only on the periphery of serious energy business. Over the last decade, however, harvesting clean energy from the wind has dynamically grown. It is a huge industry. I can’t wait to see where it is in another 30 years.
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