Wind Power is the fastest growing energy resource in the world. During 2009, the United States added 9,900 megawatts of wind power capacity. This 39% increase accelerates that trend of rapid growth in recent years. A significant portion of the new wind power came online in the Great Plains states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.
Wind power also brought 38 new manufacturing facilities online in the U.S. in 2009. Wind power presents an important opportunity for the manufacturing industry in the Midwest. ELPC has created documents outlining specific opportunities the wind industry supply chain presents to the Midwest and more specifically, to the Dakotas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio.
ELPC’s Community Wind Financing Handbook is an important resource for communities and individuals interested in creating profit from clean, renewable wind energy. This up-to-date guide reflects new financing opportunities available from federal energy and economic stimulus legislation, the new Farm Bill, and state incentives.
As many states are already learning, wind energy development presents a tremendous opportunity for economic growth. That’s especially true for the Midwest. Several government policies have helped spur the development of wind power in rural America.