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Wind energy hits milestone as second-largest generator of electricity in the United States in a 24-hour period


Clean energy hit a new milestone in the United States last Tuesday when wind power was the second-largest electricity producer in the country.

Climate Wire and E&E News reporter Ben Storrow took to Twitter to announce that “last Tuesday, total wind generation in the United States exceeded 2,000 GWh, making wind the second largest generator of electricity in the United States after natural gas for this 24-hour period.”

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) later confirmed Numbers.

While natural gas remains the country’s main producer, it still marks a major victory for the green energy transition. In 2021, wind power was the fourth largest electricity producer. “Total annual electricity generation in the United States from wind energy has increased from about 6 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2000 to about 380 billion kWh in 2021,” EIA reports.

Another important milestone was achieved in March 2022, Invenergy and GE Wind Turbine celebrated the completion of the largest wind project in the United States that now powers Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

A U.S. Department of Energy 2021 Report revealed that “GE and Vestas provided turbines for 87% of installed US wind capacity in 2020. In 2020, GE captured 53% of the US market for turbine installations, followed by Vesta at 34% and SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) at 9%, Nordex at 3%, and golden wind with 1%”.

While the United States is making positive progress, it still lags behind Europe, especially Germany. In February, German wind generation supplied 45% of its total electricity consumption.

the The European Commission has also pointed out that “In 2020, wind represented more than a third (36%) of the total electricity produced from renewable sources in the EU.”

In 2021 alone, Europe installed 17.4 gigawatts of wind capacity. New floating wind projects are underway off the coast of Spain and Italythe latter will serve approximately 60,000 households.

In January of this year, the Biden administration announced a record sale of offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, which is expected to generate up to 7 gigawatts of clean energy, which could power approximately 2 million homes. The government has also planned over 100 offshore and onshore wind projects, with the intention of generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind alone by 2030.

The great American step is taken in the shadow of the urgent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that to ward off the worst calamities of climate change, we must act now.

But the IPCC too states that green energy is now more cost-effective than ever, paving the way for more viable solutions to take effect: “Since 2010, there have been sustained declines of up to 85% in solar energy costs and wind turbine, and batteries. A growing range of policies and laws have improved energy efficiency, reduced deforestation rates and accelerated the deployment of renewable energy. Sign this petition to tell Massachusetts to go all-in with renewable energy.

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