- The U.S. wind energy industry installed a record 8,358 mw of new generating capacity in 2008, enough to serve more than 2 million homes.
- 2008 growth increased the nation’s total wind generating capacity by 50 percent.
- New wind projects in 2008 accounted for 42 percent of new power-producing capacity added nationally.
- United States wind generating capacity is 25,170 mw, enough to power 7 million homes.
- For every megawatt of wind energy produced, $1 million in economic development is generated.
- Texas leads the states in generating capacity with 7,116 mw, followed by Iowa, California, Minnesota and Washington.
- About 85,000 people are employed in the wind industry.
- About 50 percent of turbine components are manufactured domestically.
Source: American Wind Energy Association, 2009