By Michelle Froese Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series of ‘Today in Energy’ articles, from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA). The series examines the fleet of utility-scale power plants in the United States, and this one discusses the growth of wind energy. Previous articles have examined hydroelectric, natural gas, and nuclear generators.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory
Wind generators accounted for 8% of the operating electric generating capacity in the United States in 2016 — more than any other renewable technology, including hydroelectricity.
Wind turbines have contributed more than one-third of the nearly 200 GW
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