Learn About Wind
By the beginning of 2015, the United States had installed 66 gigawatts of wind—enough to power 18 million homes. Wind power makes up 4% of the nation's electricity mix, but in states like Iowa and South Dakota, wind power fills over 25% of their electricity needs.
In 2015, the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office released the Wind Vision Report
- Wind energy is available nationwide. The Wind Vision Report shows that wind can be a viable source of renewable electricity in all 50 states by 2050.
- Wind supports a strong domestic supply chain. Wind has the potential to support over 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and supporting services by 2050.
- Wind deployment increases community revenues. Local communities will be able to collect additional tax revenue from land lease payments and property taxes, reaching $3.2 billion annually by 2050.
- Wind is affordable. As wind generation agreements typically provide 20 year fixed pricing, the electric utility sector is anticipated to be less sensitive to volatility in natural gas and coal fuel prices with more wind. By reducing national vulnerability to price spikes and supply disruptions with long-term pricing, wind is anticipated to save consumers $280 billion by 2050.
Learn about how wind energy generates power; where the best wind resources are; how you can own, host, partner with, and support wind power; and how and where wind energy has increased over the past decade.
Learn about how wind energy generates power, about wind turbine sizes and how wind turbines work, and how wind energy can be used. Also read examples of financial and business decisions.
Go to maps to see the wind resource for utility-, community-, and residential-scale wind development. Or, see how much energy wind projects are producing.
Learn how you can own, host, partner with, and support wind power projects.
See how wind power has increased over the past decade.