This blog was originally written by Michael Goggin from the American Wind Energy Association. The original post can be viewed here.
A new report by the Minnesota Department of Commerce found that the state could obtain 40 percent or more of its electricity from wind and solar energy, up from its current level of nearly 16 percent, without any reliability problems. This report builds on the real-world success of states like Iowa and South Dakota, which produced more than 25 percent of their electricity from wind energy last year, and Colorado and Texas, where the main power systems have hit 60 percent and nearly 40 percent wind energy at certain points in time.
This blog was originally written by David Ward from the American Wind Energy Association. The original post can be viewed here.
Polls consistently find that a majority of Americans support wind energy. And in places where there’s more wind power present, there’s more support. The latest poll coming out of the Midwest reinforces that point, with 87 percent of Midwesterners (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) supporting increased use of wind energy.
So why is wind power so popular?
Here’s our top 10 list on why Americans support wind power:
1) The wind is free - and wind energy already saves consumers billions
In the same way a fixed-rate mortgage protects homeowners from fluctuations in interest rates, adding clean wind energy through fixed-rate utility contracts protects ratepayers from price shocks associated with fossil fuels and helps keep their energy costs low.
And new Department of Energy data show the 11 states with the most wind energy have saved more on their electric bills than ratepayers in all other states.
Wind power's value to consumers has increased over the last five years, as taller towers, longer blades, improved gearboxes, and over 30 years of experience in siting wind turbines to maximize their power output have helped drive down costs. According to a recent study by the Wall Street financial firm Lazard, wind power has lowered its costs 58 percent over the last five years.