With so much consumer interest in Solar PV, another, much larger source of new renewable energy in the US – wind power – doesn’t get much attention. The attention wind does get in the media tends toward the negative – the challenges of siting wind turbines on land or offshore. But those very real challenges miss most of the story.

It’s worth noting some good news recently about wind power in the United States:
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  • 70 GW of wind electric generating capacity is now installed in the US, representing almost 5% of all capacity
  • Wind supplied 18% of the electricity used in Texas last month (November)
  • The cost of electricity generated by wind reached an all-time low of 2.5 cents/kWh in 2014
  • Last week’s budget agreement provided several years of stability for the wind Production Tax Credit

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Some good news blows wind energy’s way