Wind Powering America Program Overview
This fact sheet provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program. When the Wind Powering America (WPA) partnership was launched in 2000, there were 2,500 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity in the United States. By the end of 2007, the U.S. installed capacity exceeded 16,000 MW, and 17 states now have more than 100 MW installed. According to the President's 2006 Advanced Energy Initiative, areas with good wind resources have the potential to provide up to 20% of our nation's electrical supply. WPA works to make this a reality by focusing on six program areas: state-based activities, rural economic development, public power partnerships, wind power for Native Americans, wind for schools, and distributed wind.
This information was last updated on April 30, 2008