Currently the United States only gets three percent of its energy from wind power, but that number is expected to rise, coinciding with an increase in worldwide wind energy capacity.According to the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), the worldwide wind capacity reached 336’327 MW by the end of June 2014, out of which 17’613 MW were added in the first six months of 2014. This increase is a substantially higher than in the first half of 2013 and 2012, when 13,9 GW respectively 16,4 GW were added, further demonstrating how wind power is advancing and growing exponentially throughout the world.
All wind turbines installed worldwide by mid-2014 can generate around 4% of the world’s electricity demand.The global wind capacity grew by 5,5% within six months (after 5 % in the same period in 2013 and 7,3 % in 2012) and by 13,5 % on an annual basis (mid-2014 compared with mid-2013).
Reasons for the relatively positive development of the worldwide wind markets are certainly the economic advantages of wind power, after all its increasing competitiveness, and the pressing need to go for emission free technologies in order to mitigate climate change and air pollution.According to an article from Iowa State Daily, Mike Prior, Executive Director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, he expects that number to rise in the coming years.
Here is a look at the top ten states that produce the most wind energy and the percentage of energy that they get from the wind:Texas35,9378.3%Iowa15,57127.4%California13,2306.6%Oklahoma10,88114.8%Illinois9,6074.7%Kansas9,43019.4%Minnesota9,43015.7%Oregon8,06512.4%Colorado7,45213.8%Washington7,0086.2%