U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Wind Program

Talkin’ Bout Wind Generation

September 7, 2012

If you have been following the news on Energy.gov, you may already know that 2011 was a banner year for the American wind industry.  What you might not know is that the amount of electricity generated by the wind industry started to grow back around 1999, and since 2007 has been increasing at a rapid pace.

The growth of clean wind energy is great for American manufacturers -- 70% of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year came from domestic manufacturers, doubling from 35 percent in 2005.

The data for this graph is provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. You can create your own charts and graphs based on the Short Term Energy Outlook using their Custom Table Builder.

Chart labeled 'All Sectors Generation from Wind, United States.'   The chart is measured in thousand megawatthours per day.  The graph starts in the year 2000, with close to zero hours.  It rises steadily until a sharp increase in 2007, when the chart nears 100 hours, and grows quickly to 2011, at approximately 350 hours.  In 2012 and 2013 the amount is projected to rise above 400 hours.