Posted: Feb 12, 2014 5:52 PM by Pat Shingleton
Some entrepreneurs are securing offshore abandoned oil rigs for the implementation of wind turbines. From 2008 to 2012, U.S. electricity generated wind and solar power more than doubled, and the nation's cumulative installed wind energy capacity has increased more than 22-fold. The U.S. Energy Department reports that the United States is one of the largest and fastest-growing wind energy markets in the world. Since 2012, wind energy was the number one source of new electricity generation capacity across the country and surpassed natural gas. Wind energy represented 43% of all new additions and accounted for $25 billion in U.S. investment. The big leaders were Texas, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas with 20% of total annual consumption.