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The wind energy industry supported 101,000 jobs across America in 2016.

Increased wind power capacity, additional domestic wind turbine manufacturing, and declining offshore wind development costs supported the growth and expansion of the U.S. wind power market in 2016, as detailed in three market reports released by the Energy Department:

The U.S. added 8.2 gigawatts of new wind power capacity last year representing 27% of all energy capacity additions.

Supported by favorable tax policy and other drivers, cumulative U.S. wind power grew by 11% in 2016, representing 27% of all new capacity additions in 2016. Texas installed 2,611 megawatts of capacity—the most in the nation—and 9 states achieved wind penetration levels of 15% or higher. 

The Wind Technologies Market Report cover.

Wind power capacity in the United States experienced strong growth in 2016, driven by improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low power sales prices for utility, corporate, and other purchasers. Download the report here

A small wind turbine over a small town.

Wind turbines in distributed applications are found in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam to provide energy locally, either serving on-site electricity needs or a local grid. In 2016, the United States added 45.4 megawatts (MW) of new distributed wind capacity, representing 2,585 turbine units and $163 million in investment.

Cover of the 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report

The DOE's annual Distributed Wind Market Report provides stakeholders with market statistics and analysis and insight into industry trends and characteristics. Download the report here.

Read the Distributed Wind Market Report fact sheet here.

Offshore wind turbines at Block Island, Rhode Island

The United States added its first commercial offshore wind farm in 2016, located off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. Decreasing global costs, marked by European auction strike prices, and stronger state policy commitments have led to increased confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

Cover of the 2016 Offshore Wind Market Report

The 2016 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report provides offshore wind policymakers, regulators, developers, researchers, engineers, financiers, and supply chain participants with quantitative information about the offshore wind market in the United States and worldwide. Download the report here.

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Energy Department Reports: Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth in 2016
Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa lead the nation as wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatt of capacity last year.
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4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
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Unlocking Our Nation’s Wind Potential
Wind power is a growing source of low-cost, renewable energy in the U.S. A new report shows how next-generation wind turbine technology can unlock ...
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Installed Capacity vs. Energy Generation: What's the Difference?
Capacity is the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce. Generation is the amount of electricity that is produced over a set time.
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