Wind Energy FAQs: Onshore

US Electricity from Onshore Wind

The amount of U.S. electricity generated by wind energy has grown by 1000% since 2007 and wind turbines today generate 7% of the nation’s electricity.

The following chart, shows U.S. electricity generation from wind and hydro – the two main renewables which together account for 77% of the national renewable total. In just the last three months, wind has overtaken hydro as the single largest source of renewable electricity in the country.

The other point to note is that, as the following chart shows, the combined output of the different renewable generators, offsets the variability of any one of them as a result of which their total combined monthly output is remarkably consistent.

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