86% of Americans want more wind energy says AWEA survey


The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has kicked off American Wind Week 2020, the fourth annual celebration of the event, which opened with the results of a survey stating that 86% of Americans think the US should put more emphasis on wind energy.

The results, according to a July 2020 online consumer survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of AWEA, build on a June 2020 Pew poll, which reported that 83% of Americans support building more wind farms.

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According to the agency, over 70% of US congressional districts host wind energy projects, and the sector has created jobs in all 50 states.

“After a decade of significant growth, wind power last year became America’s number one source of renewable energy. During this year’s American Wind Week, we celebrate the more than 120,000 Americans working in the wind industry, as well as all the wind champions across the country that helped make this achievement possible,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.

“This year has been one of immense challenge for our country as we strive to overcome the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. wind industry stands ready, now more than ever, to keep pushing forward and to help our country build a stronger economy and a cleaner future.”

Chris Brown, President of Vestas North America and AWEA Board Chair noted: “2020 should be remembered as the year wind worked for America. At the height of stay-at-home orders, wind farms produced enough electricity to power 32 million homes in both April and May. Those turbines were kept spinning by the tens of thousands of essential wind workers, including nearly 7,000 Vestas essential employees. We have proven wind is essential today and wind will be essential tomorrow.”

Originally published on Renewable Energy World.