Wind: Top source for new electricity in U.S. in 2015

Wind turbines at sunset

Wind energy accounts for more new electricity than any other source

Wind energy had a big year in the U.S. in 2015, accounting for more new electricity capacity in the country than any other energy source.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind energy accounted for 8.6 gigawatts (GW) of new electricity capacity last year. The 8.6 GW mark exceeds the new capacity of both solar energy (7.3 GW) and natural gas (6 GW).

Wind sources generated 35 percent of all — renewable or not — new capacity in the U.S. in 2015. This year looks to be on track for another big year, the AWEA noted, as 9.4 GW of new wind capacity is already under construction.

Cost a big factor

Decreasing costs associated with contracting and maintaining wind power installations are a driving force in wind’s growth, the AWEA said.

“Wind’s growth is being propelled by cost reductions of two-thirds over the last six years, which now makes wind the lowest-cost source of new generation,” — Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Source → American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)