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Happy Global Wind Day! Here’s what America is up to.

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Happy Global Wind Day! Here’s what America is up to.
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Every year on June 15, people across the world celebrate Global Wind Day. In the last year, the U.S. has made many advances in wind energy worthy of celebration.

For one, a recent analysis showed that the U.S. is number one in wind energy production. While China has more installed capacity than the U.S., American turbines are nearly twice as productive due to our technological innovation, smart siting, investment in transmission, and high-quality turbines.

And we are not stopping there. The U.S. Department of Energy reported this spring that wind energy in the U.S. can double in the next five years, then double again to provide 20 percent of our electricity by 2030. This “Wind Vision” report said it’s possible for wind to provide over a third of U.S. electricity by 2050.

A companion report told how commercial wind turbines can expand from 39 states to all 50 states with advanced technology, as explained in this video:

“We can do this and save you money by doing it,” AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan responded to the Wind Vision report. He called its scenarios “aggressive,” but said “the industry stand ready to achieve these numbers. That starts with getting common-sense policies in place, so we can double U.S. wind energy in the next five years.”

The DOE report makes no policy recommendations. However, Kiernan identified two key measures needed: 1. A stable federal Production Tax Credit, and 2. States’ greater use of wind to comply with the U.S. EPA’s new Clean Power Plan for electric generators.

The U.S. can stay on track to the Wind Vision, Kiernan said, “if Congress provides wind energy with the long-term, stable policy it provides to other energy sources.”

You can fight for the policies we need to make the Wind Vision a reality by becoming a member of the Power of Wind network today.

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Shauna Theel is the Deputy Director of Digital Media at the American Wind Energy Association. She oversees AWEA's digital media content and strategy, ensuring that the message of clean, affordable, and American wind power is heard loud and clear across media platforms. Prior to joining AWEA, she worked at the watchdog group Media Matters for America for four years. As the Climate and Energy Program Director at Media Matters, she oversaw the group's rapid response communications, long-term research analyses, and outreach efforts related to energy and environmental policy. In this role, she served as the public face of the team, giving interviews to press outlets, and giving presentations everywhere from Capitol Hill to the National Press Club. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.

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