Global Wind Day, June 15, celebrates clean, affordable, homegrown energy
June 14, 2012
Washington, D.C., June 14, 2013 —Every year on June 15 we celebrate Global Wind Day, a chance to reflect and be inspired by all that wind energy does for our world.
Wind farms now operate in more than 75 countries. Here in the United States, they power the equivalent of 15.5 million homes.
And wind energy is more affordable than ever: electric ratepayers in the MidAtlantic region, for example, will save $6.9 billion from the projected doubling of wind energy in their region (Source: Synapse Energy study of the PJM grid).
The American Wind Energy Association is marking Global Wind Day 2013 by hosting a model wind turbine-building contest from 10 to noon Friday in McPherson Square, near the White House.
We're also circulating on social media the winning entries in our recent video contest on the theme of, "Why I Like Wind Power." Madison Gas & Electric won the Grand Prize. See all the winners here.
3.Operation Nation: If you consider a single "wind farm" to be a "power plant," there are now more operating wind power plants in the U.S. than coal, oil, or nuclear power plants. Thank a wind technician for their dedication!
5.Utilities are buying wind energy to hedge against volatile fossil fuel prices, and today over 43% of 3,250 electric utilities in the U.S. have wind energy in their generation mix.
6.The wind industry now has 550 manufacturing facilities in 44 states. Nearly 70% of the value of U.S. wind turbines is now made-in-the-U.S.A.
7.Wind now provides over 20 percent of the electricity year-round in Iowa and South Dakota, and hits peaks of over 55 percent of the electricity on Xcel Energy's Colorado power system.
8. Wind energy just broke a new record on the main power grid in Texas, providing more than 35 percent of the electricity at one point in early 2013.
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Chicago, Illinois, May 7-10, 2018. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.