Wind power manufactures electricity by using the air flows that naturally occur in the earth’s atmosphere. Wind turbine blades capture kinetic energy from the wind and turn it into mechanical energy, spinning a generator that in turn creates electricity.
Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that has many benefits. Power from this clean energy source pumps billions of dollars into our economy every year, particularly into rural areas where over 99 percent of wind farms are located. Over the past decade, the industry has invested an average of over $14 billion annually in new wind projects. In 2016, wind energy supported over 100,000 well-paying American jobs, including 25,000 manufacturing jobs.
Wind energy is a drought-resistant cash crop that farmers and ranchers rely on to make a living and keep their land in the family. During 2016, U.S. wind projects paid at least $245 million in lease payments to landowners. The local taxes they pay help rural communities afford teachers, ambulances, and roads.
To learn more about the strong economic benefits associated with wind power, visit the American Wind Energy Association’s website.