Wind always seems to be playing second fiddle to solar, but the second largest renewable energy source in the world is in a very exciting time. Here are three things you need to know about the industry right now.
20 percent of the U.S. could be wind powered by 2030.
The American Wind Energy Association‚Äôs CEO Tom Kiernan recently discussed the future of wind in the U.S. and he painted a very bright picture, especially with 14,000 MW of wind under construction.
‚ÄúThe 14,000 MW is more power than ever before under construction in the U.S,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs more, we are ahead of schedule to reach 20% wind energy by 2030. Onshore wind is already driving job creation and cutting carbon, so there is significant momentum onshore.‚Äù
There‚Äôs also quite a bit of momentum in the offshore wind industry, bolstered by projects on the East and West coasts. This is all in addition to strong policy support from the government. Kiernan laid out three ways to keep the industry growing.