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Wind power continues to grow as source of American electricity

In Iowa and South Dakota, more than one-quarter of electricity is sourced from instate wind turbines.
By Brooks Hays   |   March 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- According to the latest numbers from the Energy Information Administration at the Department of Energy, wind power is the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., and accounts for nearly one-third of all new electricity capacity created over the last five years.

In Iowa and South Dakota, more than one-quarter of electricity is sourced from instate wind turbines.

“Wind energy continues to make inroads as a major contributor to the US power mix,” Elizabeth Salerno, vice president of data analysis for the American Wind Energy Association, told CleanTechnica. “The electricity generated by American wind power has more than tripled since 2008 not only due to significant growth in new wind projects but also technology innovation leading to more productive wind turbines.”

Earlier this week, President Obama revealed his 2015 budget proposal, which included millions of dollars in renewable energy investments. The president and his administration have regularly pledged their commitment to growing wind energy technology via economic incentives and research grants.

In addition to federal investments, Obama also wants Congress to make the renewable energy Production Tax Credit permanent, while slashing subsidies for the oil and gas industries.

“The United States remains the global leader in energy, science and security, building on its longstanding commitment to innovation,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement following Obama's budget unveiling. “The President’s budget request for the Department of Energy sustains this commitment for future generations -- in clean energy, in frontier scientific discovery, and in global nuclear security.”

[Department of Energy]

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