Orange, CA, August 07, 2017 — Alcen Renewable is proud of U.S. leadership in wind power – America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity supporting over 100,000 U.S. jobs across all 50 states. Modern wind turbines were invented in the U.S. and American wind projects are among the most productive in the world. This week is the first American Wind Week, when businesses, schools, government and communities across the country are encouraged to share what American wind power leadership means to them.

“Alcen Renewable is doing our part to help build a more sustainable future for generations to come.” – Susy Bento

AUGUST6-12, 2017

Wind power has grown to be a mainstream source of affordable, reliable electricity in the United States. A standard two-megawatt (MW) wind turbine in the U.S. generates enough electricity to power more than 550 average American homes, nearly twice the productivity of wind turbines in China and Germany. Today there are over 52,000 wind turbines in 41 states, producing enough electricity for 25 million average American homes.

 “We started American Wind Week to honor the American innovators who taught the world how to harness the wind for large-scale electricity generation. They shaped the wind into a productive resource that makes all Americans safer and our economy more prosperous,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “And we aren’t about to cede wind power leadership. Every day U.S. wind workers put up an average of 10 more new turbines. Those turbines are the tip of a vast manufacturing supply chain, and they’re a rural economic development engine that spans all 50 states.”

Close to 99 percent of U.S. wind power capacity can be found in rural communities like Fowler, Indiana, where AWEA is hosting a wind energy fair during American Wind Week. Fowler encapsulates how valuable wind power can be. Wind projects in surrounding Benton County, with just over 8,000 residents, have drawn over $2 billion in capital investment. Nationwide, U.S. wind projects built over the last decade represent over $143 billion of investment.

 Similar stories can be found across the U.S. heartland, where harvesting the wind builds stronger rural communities, including a quarter billion dollars being paid in lease payments to farmers and ranchers each year, and local taxes being used to repave roads, pay teachers higher salaries, and even build new schools.

Wind is a powerful job creator, with over 100,000 American wind workers across all 50 states. Wind jobs grew 9 times faster than the overall economy last year, and“wind turbine technician” is the fastest growing job in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 60 percent of the value of a wind project is made-in-America by 25,000 workers at over 500 factories. Wind jobs are well-paying careers and an opportunity for U.S. veterans, which wind employs at a rate 50 percent higher than the average industry.

Thanks to wind energy’s low and stable prices, major brands like Google, General Motors, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Walmart are buying wind energy to power the products and services you use every day. Google is 95 percent powered by wind energy. General Motors powers its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas, which makes over 1,000 SUVs a day, with 50 percent wind energy this year, expanding to 100 percent next year. Every bottle of Tide, Downy and Mr. Clean ismade with 100 percent wind energy.

 Visit Americanwindweek.org to learn more. Share what U.S. wind leadership means to you on social media with #americanwindweek from August 6-12.