Wind Information

From elegant looking wind turbines, to providing clean, efficient energy, to stimulating the rural economy, wind energy is one of the world’s fastest growing sources of electricity. Many experts agree that wind power can supply up to 20% of the world’s electricity, however, currently the United States produces less than 1% of its electricity from wind resources. The United States is looking to seize wind’s immense potential through various technological advances, renewable energy legislation and financial incentives, to make it the most cost-competitive contribution to our growing energy needs.

Each state's wind energy legislation helps accelerate the growth of the industry. This legislation includes but isn't limited to: renewable energy standards (RPS) for utilities, tax credits, the C-BED development tariff, and sales and property tax exemptions. As of March 2008, twenty-five states have an RPS and several have recently increased their requirements due to the success of the policy and concern for global warming. In 2007, Colorado increased its renewable energy requirement to 20% by 2020 and Minnesota adopted an RPS of 25% by 2025.

According to 4th Quarter 2007 wind energy data, Minnesota has surpassed Iowa as the leading state in this region with the most installed wind energy capacity (1299 MW).  Iowa (1273 MW) is followed by Colorado (1066 MW), North Dakota (345), Montana (146), South Dakota (98), and Nebraska (73). According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install over 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power generating capacity nationwide in 2007.

In this section, we invite you to learn more about each state's wind energy legislation and about the social, environmental and economic benefits of wind power.