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The American Wind Energy Association announced on Thursday that wind power developers experienced their third-best year in 2019, adding 9,143 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity to the grid—enough to power over three million American homes. And next year is bound to be another one for big growth because there are another 44,000 MW of wind projects – representing over $62 billion in investment – under construction or far along in the development process, and offshore wind is booming with six states pledging to build 6,300 MW of new offshore wind projects.
Why This Matters: No matter how much President Trump tries to knock it, wind power is a big part of our energy future. The demand for wind power was up 20% last year, growing both in the residential sector with utilities buying an increasing share of wind power, and in the business and industrial sector, with companies like Walmart and AT&T buying more wind power. Indeed, corporate buyers accounted for 40% of annual wind energy contracts last year for a total of 3,640 MW. Some big corporations signed contracts for the first time — and some of them might surprise you — such as the oil and gas company Baker Hughes, make up giant Esteé Lauder, and the largest restaurant chain in the world, McDonald’s. The head of the industry association summed up the year this way — the industry is “entering the new decade with the wind, literally at [their] backs.”
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Cities across the US are transitioning their buildings to clean energy, which would mean banning natural gas in new construction and promoting electric appliances. But the question remains whether or not infrastructure — foundational and historic — is ready to handle such a demand for electricity. Why this […]
As more people around the nation are taking to the roads and skies for their vaccinated vacations, one car rental company is making it easier for folks to not only travel in style, but travel green. Hertz has announced that it will be purchasing 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022 alongside an […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
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