Tuesday, March 13, 2012

EIA: US Wind Growth 2006-2011

The Energy Information Administration(EIA) reports that US wind energy has shown tremendous growth for the last several years. Wind power is the fastest growing source of new electric power generation in the US.

According to the most recent EIA data, wind energy has grown an average of just under 40 percent in the last five years. In 2011 wind power increased 27 percent compared to 2010; in 2010, wind power generation increased 28.1 percent; 2008 saw 33.4 percent gains; 2007 saw 60.7 percent gains; and 2006 saw 49.3 percent gains.

Electricity from wind contributed approximately 3% of the total energy generated in the US in 2011. Wind energy is the largest source of non-hydroelectric renewable electricity in the US, contributing 61% of the nearly 200 gigawatthours of non-hydroelectric renewable generation in 2011

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