The U.S. Department of Energy launched the New England Wind Forum in 2005 to provide a single, comprehensive source of up-to-date, Web-based information on a broad array of wind-energy-related issues pertaining to New England.
New England Is Proud to Be the Birthplace of the U.S. Wind Power Industry
New England is the birthplace of the U.S. wind industry and home to a number of industry "firsts." New England has relied on the wind from its early days, from powering seafaring commerce to grinding grain in the windmills of Cape Cod — several of which still stand as a testament to the past.
Old windmill, Eastham, Massachusetts.
- The first large-scale electricity-producing windmill, the biggest in the world at the time, was installed in 1941 at Grandpa's Knob, Vermont.
- The world's first wind "farm," consisting of 20 wind turbines, was built in 1980 at Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire.
- During the 1980s, moderate development occurred in places as varied as Equinox Mountain, Vermont; Nantucket and Princeton, Massachusetts; and Tug Mountain, New Hampshire.
Vestas wind turbine at Hull Municipal Lighting Plant, Hull, Massachusetts.
Since 2000, generation of electricity from the wind has boomed, making wind the fastest growing energy source throughout the country and worldwide. New England boasts the highest recorded wind speed in the mainland United States at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as well as many other locations with attractive wind resources. Yet so far, development in New England has not kept up. But there is a new wave of interest and activity: development of traditional wind farms and community-scale development are underway throughout the region, in addition to efforts to tap the world-class winds off our shores.