AWEA fact sheets: quick guides to wind energy
July 18, 2013
Our fact sheets provide comprehensive information about the impacts of the wind industry on the United States, with a particular focus on U.S. federal and state energy policy.
Wind industry basics
With an annual investment of $25 billion during 2012, the business of the U.S. wind industry includes sectors such as: project development, resource assessment, siting and permitting, engineering, manufacturing, construction, transportation, operations, transmission and integration, and financing.
Wind energy in the United States has grown at healthy pace in recent years. In fact, growth was 30% on average for the past five years, helping the United States serve as a major market for wind energy globally.
Get a foundation for your wind energy knowledge with our basics fact sheets.
- What is wind power?
- Wind energy facts at a glance
- The Cost of Wind Energy
- Market Overview
- Market Rankings
- Quarterly Market Reports (public & member-only)
- Annual Market Reports (public & member-only
- State by State Wind Energy Facts
Policies & incentives
To understand wind energy in America, you need to know about wind energy policy. Learn more with these fact sheets:
- Federal Policy
- State Policy
- State RPS Programs
- Energy Incentives
- Navigant Study on Impact of PTC Extension
Siting wind energy projects is a crucial part of wind power development and operations. Key siting issues include
- Public lands
- Property values
Ensuring worker safety and health on all wind job sites is of paramount importance to AWEA and the industry. Learn about:
- Key safety and compliance issues
- OSHA 101
Transmission & integration
Get the basics on the U.S. electric grid, how renewable energy integrates with the grid, and what AWEA is doing to support it.
- Transmission 101
- Cost allocation
- Operations, integration & reliability
- Wind Energy Generation Records, by Region & State
With the advancement of technology and the dropping of production prices wind has become a serious and important component of utility generation. Learn more about utilities and wind.
Benefits of wind energy
The United States has 60,000 megawatts of wind capacity installed. That’s 45,100 utility-scale wind turbines, which power the equivalent of over 15 million American homes.
Despite producing all this wind energy, the United States has developed only a fraction of its vast land-based and offshore wind energy potential. The land-based wind energy resource in the United States is over 10,000,000 megawatts, which could produce enough electricity to power the entire country 10 times over. Adding offshore wind energy potential could provide enough electricity to power the country 13 times over.
Learn more about wind energy by state, and even more about wind energy nationwide: