The American Wind Energy Association has this week published a new interactive map which displays every single wind farm and factory across the United States, aimed to help people better picture the substantial growth of the US wind industry.
The US wind industry most recently installed 357 MW (megawatts) worth of wind capacity in the second quarter, bringing the country’s cumulative capacity up to 84,405 MW, made up of 52,000 commercial wind turbines currently operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in highlighting the second quarter statistics, also pointed out that there are 40% more wind projects currently under development than a year ago — up to 25,819 MW — up 7,500 MW from the 18,279 MW underway at the same time in 2016.
In an effort to add further context to those impressive numbers, the AWEA has this week released a new interactive map which anyone can use to see all the utility-scale wind projects and wind-related manufacturing facilities across the United States.
“Wind power has become a vital part of the U.S. economy, drawing billions of dollars in capital investment to rural communities each year and supporting over 100,000 US jobs across all 50 states,” said John Hensley, Deputy Director of Industry Data and Analysis for AWEA. “I’m pleased this new map tool helps Americans visualize how world-class U.S. wind resources are being put to work in all parts of the county.”
The new tool not only allows you to see the whole of the US wind industry, but it also includes a time-lapse feature which allows you to see the progress of wind development across the country starting from 1981.