U.S. Wind Industry Fast Facts

 

The U.S. wind industry represents not only a large market for wind power capacity installations but also a growing market for American manufacturing. The following statistics provide a snapshot of the U.S. wind industry:

Total U.S. utility-scale wind power capacity, through the second quarter of 2014: 61,946 MW

 

U.S. wind power capacity installed during the first half of 2014: 835 MW

 

U.S. wind power capacity under construction as of the first half of 2014: 14,000 MW

 

U.S. wind power capacity installed in previous years (including small wind turbines):

2013: 1,084 MW

2012: 13,131 MW

2011: 6,810 MW

2010: 5,216 MW

2009: 10,010 MW

2008: 8,366 MW

2007: 5,258 MW

 

Number of states with utility-scale wind installations by the end of 2013: 39 plus Puerto Rico

 

U.S. wind resource potential, onshore: 10,400,000 MW (Source: NREL)

 

U.S. wind resource potential, offshore: 4,150,000 MW (Source: NREL)

 

Top five states with wind power capacity installed through the first half of 2014:

  1. Texas: 12,753 MW
  2. California: 5,829 MW
  3. Iowa: 5,177 MW
  4. Illinois: 3,568 MW
  5. Oregon: 3,153 MW

 

As of the first quarter in 2013, the United States reached 60,009 MW, or 60 gigawatts (GW), of installed wind capacity. What does 60 GW mean?

  • It powers the equivalent of 14.7 million American homes, or the number of homes in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio combined.
  • It represents $120 billion of investment in the U.S.
  • It provides electricity generation equivalent to 14 nuclear power plants or 52 coal plants.
  • Each year, wind energy produces electricity equivalent to burning 320 million barrels of oil.
  • It avoids 95.9 million tons of CO2, or roughly 4.2% of the CO2 emissions of the entire power sector. This CO2 avoidance is the same as taking 17.5 million cars off the road.
  • It avoids the consumption of 36.6 billion gallons of water annually.