The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that a 20 percent renewable energy requirement by 2020 would generate 355,000 new jobs and save consumers $49.1 billion on their electricity and natural gas bills, according to The PEW Environmental Group.
Renewable energy is expected to generate 16 gigawatts per year by 2020. One wind turbine equals 1.5 megawatts and 1 megawatt is one-one thousandth of a gigawatt.
The American Wind Energy Association “predicts huge growth” based largely on those figures. “There are several wind farms planned (in West Virginia and?Pennsylvania). Building the stuff near where you’re going to use it” is common sense.