Wind Power Week

AWEA’s first annual event of its kind debuts across the country

AWEA debuted its first-ever American Wind Week this week, continuing through Saturday. The celebration of wind power and energy is designed to bring together industry professionals and promote new initiatives.

Partially organized in celebration of wind power emerging this year as America’s top source of renewable energy, AWEA is hosting the inaugural week with a wide variety of events around the country that show how wind works for all Americans. Elected officials are even visiting wind farms across the country to show their support.

“We started American Wind Week to honor the American innovators who taught the world how to harness the wind for large-scale electricity generation. They shaped the wind into a productive resource that makes all Americans safer and our economy more prosperous,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “And we aren’t about to cede wind power leadership. Every day U.S. wind workers put up an average of 10 more new turbines. Those turbines are the tip of a vast manufacturing supply chain, and they’re a rural economic development engine that spans all 50 states.”

Wind power has grown to be a mainstream source of affordable, reliable electricity in the United States. A standard two-megawatt (MW) wind turbine in the U.S. generates enough electricity to power more than 550 average American homes, nearly twice the productivity of wind turbines in China and Germany. Today there are over 52,000 wind turbines in 41 states, producing enough electricity for 25 million average American homes.

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