Turbine Timeline:

The History of AWEA and the U.S. Wind Industry

Photo courtesy Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Ce

This photo shows residents and workers at Crotched Mountain Rehab Center walking under the very first wind farm in the U.S., in 1980 or 1981.

-Photo courtesy Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center

Wind energy in the United States has a rich history marked with policy leadership and technological innovations – many of which were supported by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and its members.
Visit our timeline to see the evolution of the wind energy industry in America, from the early 1970s to today.

  • 1970s: Oil Prices Skyrocket & AWEA Emerges
  • 1980s: U.S. wind energy grows in California, then stagnates nationwide
  • 1990s: Hard times for the wind industry, but new energy tax credits gain ground
  • 2000s: The U.S. wind industry and AWEA expand exponentially