Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Wind Energy News  

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
by Daniel J. Graeber
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017

Wind energy in the United States is making a case for itself as a cheap source of energy that steers revenue to rural America, an industry trade group said.

Federal data show five state -- Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota -- each sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind power last year to lead the nation.

"Wind is now cheaply and reliably supplying more than 20 percent of the electricity in five states and is a testament to American leadership and innovation," Tom Kiernan, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement.

For the entire United States, wind energy supplied 5.5 percent of the total electricity last year, up from the 4.7 percent recorded in 2015. Investments, meanwhile, totaled $13.8 billion and the AWEA said some of that revenue was spilling over to rural communities, where farmers can lease part of their land to host wind turbines while still cropping underneath.

According to the trade group, wind energy is "a new cash crop," with lease payments totaling $245 million last year.

For the broader economy, AWEA joined other renewable energy trade groups in touting the job potential from the low-carbon sector. Wind energy supports tens of thousands of jobs in nearly every U.S. state, with most of that employment showing up in manufacturing.

According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind-turbine technician is the fastest-growing job description in the country.

The advancement comes as President Donald Trump boasted of the economic gains from the oil and gas industry. Borrowing from a statement Monday from Exxon Mobil, the White House said a plan from the supermajor to invest $20 billion in offshore expansions was a "true American success story."

Exxon's investment is part of a plan that began in 2013.

German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
A German energy company with wind energy assets in the United States said it wanted to establish itself as a leader in efforts to store energy from renewables. E.ON, one of the largest utility companies in the world, said it was building batteries in Texas that have the ability to store 20 megawatts of power. "The Texas Waves energy storage projects will be located at E.ON's exis ... read more

Related Links
Wind Energy News at Wind Daily

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

EU approves Hungary's Kremlin-backed nuclear plant

Areva narrows losses in 2016

Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup

Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before

King County Metro signs Urban Solar on for rare 10 year contract

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Introduces New Solamet

SOVENTIX developing solar parks of up to 140 megawatts in Alberta, Canada

meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe

Turning food waste into tires

New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future

Novel 3-D manufacturing leads to highly complex, bio-like materials

Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood

U.S. rig counts increased in February

More oil progress offshore Senegal

Gas prices steady, but wild swings reported regionally

Oil prices face pressure over slowing China

New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain

EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

A new approach to improving lithium-sulfur batteries

Imaging the inner workings of a sodium-metal sulfide battery for first time

ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables

Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries

Australia sues Audi, Volkswagen over emissions cheating

Norway says half of new cars now electric or hybrid

Volkswagen to recall over 680,000 Audis in China

Pressure mounts on Uber and CEO after missteps

Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques

Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication

Magic cover crop carpet

'Our daily bread' has hidden climate costs

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement