Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of new electricity in the United States. Today, the U.S. has enough installed wind to power 25 million American homes. States like Iowa and Kansas lead the way, generating over 30 percent of their electricity using wind. Another dozen states rely on wind for at least 10 percent of their electricity, and 41 states now have utility-scale wind projects. By 2020, wind is on track to generate 10 percent of the entire country’s electricity.
That keeps American workers busy. Over 100,000 workers across all 50 states have jobs in the wind industry. Many have jobs at the more than 500 U.S. factories that build parts for wind turbines. And the need for workers to maintain and operate the country’s wind farms has given rise to America’s second fastest growing job, wind turbine technician.
Over 99 percent of wind farms are built in rural areas, and this brings new opportunities to communities in need of new development. Virtually all wind farms are built on private land, usually leased from large landowners like farmers and ranchers. In exchange for hosting turbines on their property, landowners were paid $245 million in lease payments in 2016 alone. That has given them a new drought-proof cash crop and added stability to family farms across the country. Wind farms also bring large amounts of new tax revenue into rural communities. That creates new resources that can be used to fix roads and build new schools while keeping local taxes low.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, and it advocates for the industry’s continued growth while creating new jobs and benefits for rural America. With over 1,000 wind industry members and wind policy advocates, AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers.
As the premier organization representing the interests of America’s wind energy industry, AWEA counts hundreds of organizations in its membership program. Their members are wind power project developers and parts manufacturers; utilities and researchers – organizations at the forefront of the wind energy industry.
In May 2018, wind industry professionals from across the globe will gather in Chicago, Illinois for AWEA WINDPOWER – the largest wind energy conference and exhibition in North America.
AWEA WINDPOWER 2018 is the wind industry’s premier North American event, where thousands of wind energy professionals from all over the world will gather in one place. It’s the most effective way for attendees to expand their knowledge base and connect with thought leaders and industry experts.
The conference will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from across the industry, including representatives from the manufacturing, supply chain, finance, insurance, construction, operations and maintenance, resource assessment, project development, and utility sectors.
Wind energy is an American success story, and AWEA works hard to continue adding new chapters.