America can get 20% of its electricity from the wind by 2030, a projection from the George W. Bush administration1 which the U.S. Department of Energy is currently updating all the way to 2050.
- Wind energy has become a new drought-resistant cash crop for America's family farmers and ranchers, using no water, and paying millions of dollars a year in lease payments and local taxes in the typical state.
- A diverse portfolio helps insulate consumers from price shocks when prices for fuel go up. Wind energy requires no fuel but the wind, which is free.
Since 2008, wind has driven over $100 billion of private investment into the U.S. economy.
- American wind power fosters economic development in all 50 states2.
- Enough electricity to power 20% of the grid could be obtained from a land area the size of Anchorage, Alaska, while leaving 98-99% of a property-owner's surrounding land free for other uses such as farming, ranching, wildlife habitat, and recreation.