American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which just released its annual report. Installing over 8,000 MW of new wind power for a second straight year, the U.S. industry invested over $14 billion in 2016 in new wind farms built in rural America, and now supports a record-high 102,500 jobs.
With total U.S. wind capacity at 82,143 MW at the start of the year, there’s now enough wind to power 24 million typical American homes. Utilities and major American brands like General Motors, 3M, and Target continuing to buy large amounts of wind power through long-term contracts. From now through 2020, wind power will create $85 billion in economic activity, according to a recently released analysis by Navigant Consulting.