U.S. WIND POWER INCREASING, BUT FAR BEHIND THE 40% WIND-POWERED ELECTRICITY GENERATED IN DENMARK

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19 august 2016


Bigger, better, cheaper: wind power is flourishing in the US


David Roberts Vox Energy & Environment August 19, 2016

Here’s some good news for your weekend: Wind power is kicking ass in the US.

That is the TL;DR version of the annual Wind Technologies Market Report just released by the US Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

With 73,992 MW, the US is now the No. 2 country in the world in installed wind capacity (after China, which has a mind-boggling 145,053 MW). And we are No. 1 in actual wind electricity generated.

All that wind only provides about 5.6 percent of US electricity, though, which puts us well behind leaders like Denmark (40 percent), Portugal, Ireland, and Spain (between 20 and 30 percent).

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