GEUDA SPRINGS, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) is proud of U.S. leadership in wind power – America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity supporting over 100,000 U.S. jobs across all 50 states. Modern wind turbines were invented in the U.S. and American wind projects are among the most productive in the world. This week is the first American Wind Week, when businesses, schools, government and communities across the country are encouraged to share what American wind power leadership means to them.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said, “Wind energy allows us to harness the power of our vast lands. This renewable form of energy allows us to generate power today while preserving natural resources for our children’s tomorrow.”
Close to 99 percent of U.S. wind power capacity can be found in rural communities like Geuda Springs, Kansas, where EDF RE is hosting a tour for Kansas legislators at the Slate Creek Wind Project. Wind projects throughout the state have drawn close to $10 billion in capital investment. Nationwide, U.S. wind projects built over the last decade represent over $143 billion of investment.
Similar stories can be found across the U.S. heartland, where harvesting the wind builds stronger rural communities, including a quarter billion dollars being paid in lease payments to farmers and ranchers each year, and local taxes being used to repave roads, pay teachers higher salaries, and even build new schools.
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