Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say

Turbines belonging to the Blue Creek wind farm in northwest Ohio. (Peter Krouse,

CLEVELAND — “Wind power recently surpassed hydroelectric power as the number one form of renewable energy in the United States, the American Wind Energy Association announced Thursday in a news release.

The country now has more than 82,000 megawatts of wind-generated capacity, or enough to power 24 million homes annually, the association reported.

…In total, wind power provides about 5 percent of the U.S. electricity supply and the American Wind Energy Association expects that amount to double by 2020.

…Wind development in the state has suffered from recent legislative changes by the Ohio General Assembly that made renewable energy less economical.

Especially harmful to the wind industry has been a change in the setback rules that limit how close turbines can be to property that is unoccupied.”

— Peter Krouse, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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