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In 2019, the wind industry supported 120,000 jobs across all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Solar installer and wind technician are the first and second-fastest-growing professions in the country, respectively, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wind energy supports a thriving domestic manufacturing sector with over 530 factories across 43 states producing components for the wind energy industry. At the end of 2019, the wind industry supports more than 26,000 manufacturing and supply chain jobs.
In 2019, the electricity generated from wind turbines avoided an estimated 198 million tons of carbon pollution or more than 42 million cars’ worth of CO2 emissions.
Wind projects pay more than $1.6 million every year in taxes to state and local governments and private landowners in lease payments.
Wind is bipartisan with support from both Republicans and Democrats 77 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats in Congress have a wind industry presence in their district.
The wind industry provides good-paying jobs for veterans returning to civilian life. The wind industry employs veterans at a rate that is 61 percent higher than the national average.
The U.S. now has enough installed wind capacity to power over 32 million American homes.
In 2019, wind turbines generated 7.2 percent of the total electricity delivered to American consumers.
The United States boasts 2,000 gigawatts of renewable offshore wind energy potential, nearly double the nation’s current electricity use.