U.S. wind energy production hit record high in 2015
NATIONAL — NAWind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes, an industry group said recently.
The American Wind Energy Association said wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. Coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that, the association said.
The association released the statistics at a Vestas Wind Systems turbine plant in Brighton, Colorado, near Denver.
Demand for wind energy is also driving up employment. The industry employed the equivalent of 88,000 full-time workers last year, up 20 percent in a year, the report said.
“We need wind technicians to keep these machines running smoothly,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of the association, said at a news conference.