Empowering wind, solar and hydro-electric to support communities, create jobs and provide sustainable energy at lower costs.
Over the past 10 years, wind capacity increased an average of 31% per year, enough to power over 20 million homes.
“Wind power is the largest source of annual new generating capacity, well ahead of the next two leading sources, solar power and natural gas.”
Wind power makes significant positive impacts on the local economy.
Jobs are created.
New sources of economic benefit span from people working on the actual construction of the wind farms to local businesses benefiting from more people in town to use their services.
Local facilities that construct and manufacture products to be used in wind farm production will be financially supported.
Landowners such as farmers will see an influx of revenue if they choose to lease their land for turbine installation. Lease and royalty payments will be given to such participating landowners.
“In 2016, the wind energy sector invested more than $8.8 billion of private capital in the U.S. economy to build projects and employed more than 101,000 workers (approximately 30% women, 11% veterans, and 25% minorities), according to the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report.”
In a world full of over-sourced resources and skyrocketing pollution, wind power takes a MAJOR strain off of the environment.
"According to the Wind Vision Report, wind has the potential to reduce cumulative greenhouse gas emissions by 14%, saving $400 billion in avoided global damage by 2050.”
Wind energy produces ZERO emissions.
This means that its extraction and conversion in no way contribute to air or water pollution. Contrast this to energy being produced by fossil fuels, which generate harmful particulate matter such as mercury and sulfur.
With wind turbines, annual state CO2 emissions will be lessened by approximately 1.3 million metric tons.
A small degree of CO2 and other sources of energy are used in the construction of the actual wind turbine. However, the turbine will offset what went into its production in three to six months of its operation. Over the course of a wind turbine's operational life, it has the lowest pollutant emissions of all other energy-generating technologies.