How wind power is driving America’s energy transition
Wind is America’s premier source of renewable electricity today. In particular, 2020 was a banner year for wind energy in the USA. In the last quarter of 2020 alone, more capacity was installed than in all of 2019. The total capacity now exceeds 120,000 MW, which is enough to supply around 38 million households with electricity.
Most of the growth was attributable to the onshore wind sector. Developers are also planning further offshore projects for the coming years. And they are groundbreaking advances in this area, like the development of ever larger turbines with individual blades that are larger than soccer fields.
Despite the promise of wind energy, there have been some concerns over the years that have hampered the expansion of onshore and offshore turbines. Regulatory and licensing hurdles, concerns about turbine-induced bird deaths and other environmental impacts, and of course the temporary nature of renewable energies pose a challenge.
In the end, wind energy is ready to expand no matter what. The question is how fast.