Illustration of a heart and a small wooden wind turbine.

Valentine’s Day gives us a reason to take stock of all the wonderful people and things in our life—and express how we feel about them. Because wind energy plays such a big role in the lives (and loves!) of so many of our Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) team members and partners, we asked a few of them to put their love for wind power into words. 

The most compelling love letter we read? “Wind energy is an inspiring sign of a hopeful future on the landscape—that future generations can grow up with clean air, clean water, and not live in fear of environmental catastrophes caused by climate change,” said former WETO senior project analyst Raphael Tisch, currently the senior siting and permitting advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy. 

Here are three other big reasons our team loves wind power: 

Wind power is a clean and renewable energy source.

Wind turbines capture and convert the inherent energy in wind, producing electricity to help power the grid. Wind is not only a never-ending resource, it also provides electricity without the use of fossil fuels. In fact, the amount of energy captured by wind turbines in the United States helps keep 336 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions out of the atmosphere each year—equivalent to the emissions from 73 million cars. And while the energy captured by wind turbines fluctuates over the course of a day or even a season, energy storage technologies can capture, save, and dispatch clean energy from variable sources whenever it is needed. 

“Wind energy is necessary for achieving a sustainable and resilient energy future that prioritizes environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social equity. #windmatters”

—Alexsandra Lemke, Sr. Advisor External Affairs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory/WETO 

“Wind energy is a powerful energy source that has the potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I love that wind doesn't require many hard-to-get resources and can be a clean source of energy, from manufacturing through operation and decommissioning.” 

—Megan Culler, Power Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory 

“Wind power helps reduce our carbon footprint, and the electric grid is more reliable with wind power!”

—Monica Maher, Offshore Wind Energy Specialist, WETO

Wind power creates good-paying jobs.

The U.S. land-based and offshore wind energy markets are expected to grow significantly over the next few decades, which means a strong workforce will be required to meet deployment goals, and personnel in every capacity will be needed to help meet demand. The proportion of offshore wind energy jobs is also expected to grow as deployment expands in the United States. 

 “The growing wind power industry is creating new jobs with good wages.”

—Monica Maher 

Wind power benefits local communities. 

In addition to contributing to the amount of clean energy on the grid—and enjoying cleaner air—communities can experience a variety of benefits from wind energy development. Tax revenues, boosts to local manufacturing and supply chains, and job creation are just a few of those benefits. 

“When sited responsibly, wind facilities can bring considerable economic benefits to communities through jobs, tax revenue, and benefit agreements. I would be proud to host a wind farm in my community!”

—Raphael Tisch 

“Wind Energy is a secure, resilient, and diverse resource that benefits all stakeholders!”

—Jake Gentle, Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory 

“Wind is a community resource that can supplement other local sources of energy to create energy independence. I love that wind complements other resources and can keep jobs, energy production, and energy resilience local.” 

—Megan Culler 

“The growing wind power industry is creating new tax revenue for communities.”

—Monica Maher 

What about “all of the above”? 

“While wind energy is a great source of clean and renewable energy and creates good-paying local jobs, my favorite aspect about wind energy is the benefit to local communities. What better way to help a small community thrive than to plant wind energy in their backyard!

—Krystal Pratt, Project Coordinator, Idaho National Laboratory  

“Where I grew up in central Illinois, there were two constants across the landscape—corn and wind turbines. So, on a personal level, I love wind energy because it reminds me of home. But in the grand scheme of things, I love wind energy because it provides a carbon-free way to generate electrons; this will keep our planet healthy and allow us to keep growing our beloved corn for generations to come.”

—Hannah Taylor, Technology Manager, WETO   

“Wind energy is changing the world, and for the better. What’s not to love?”

—Heather Doty, Communications Specialist supporting WETO

We appreciate the team members and partners who were willing to share their wind energy love stories—and inspire others to create their own! Start your wind energy love affair by checking out these Wind Energy Basics, or explore the benefits of wind energy in your community on our WINDExchange site.