"With its energy, economic, and
environmental benefits, wind is the technology that is ready
today to power America's future."
-- Randall Swisher
American Wind Energy Association
The world's fastest-growing renewable energy source is wind. Nearly 2,500 megawatts of installed capacity is slated to go online in the U.S. in 2005 at a capital cost of approximately $3.5 billion.
Farmers, ranchers, tribes, school districts and municipalities
are looking to wind for its economic, environmental and reliability
Using more wind power can also quickly and effectively help
alleviate the natural gas crisis and stabilize volatile prices.
The more wind power the U.S. installs, the less natural gas and
other fuels are needed for electricity generation.
Today's modern turbines are sleek, quiet, efficient. Properly
sited wind parks pose significantly reduced avian impacts. Wind
energy is typically the least-cost renewable technology and, given
a good wind resource, is cost-competitive with new fossil fuel