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New Reports Show Benefits Of U.S. Wind Farms

Posted on Sunday, October 14 2012

Two recent reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have released new info about the benefits of wind farms on the United States economy.

According to the report, “American Wind Farms: Breaking Down the Benefits from Planning to Production,” each major 250-megawatt wind farm has the potential to create nearly 1,100 jobs in manufacturing, construction engineering and management during the construction and upkeep of the farm.

In addition, NRDC reports in “At Wind Speed: How the U.S. Wind Industry is Rapidly Growing Our Local Economies” that tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other community benefits are gained when a new wind farm is built in the country. Helping to revitalize communities, the wind farms have the potential to generate lease payments to landowners and economic development revenues, in addition to the job creation and new taxes.

Profiling four communities– from Ohio to Oregon– the NRDC studies show the real-life benefits of wind farms, including the 50,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy generated by the farms; that’s equivalent to the energy production of 12 Hoover Dams!

Over the past four years alone, wind energy production has increased by more than 170 percent, employing about 75,000 Americans.

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