The U.S. Energy Department released two new reports today showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market — increasing America’s share of clean, renewable energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.
According to these reports, Washington state continues to be one of the country’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. The 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report finds that in 2012, Washington installed 235 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity, bringing its total to about 2,800 MW.
According to industry estimates, the wind sector employs over 80,000 American workers, including workers at manufacturing facilities up and down the supply chain, as well as engineers and construction workers who build wind installations. In Washington state alone, the industry supported 2,000 to 3,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2012.
In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time — representing 43 percent of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment.
“The tremendous growth in the U.S. wind industry over the past few years underscores the importance of consistent policy that ensures America remains a leader in clean energy innovation,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
For more information on these two new reports — including infographics, video and our latest interactive map — visit www.energy.gov/windreport.