The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released a report this month called, Wind Power’s Consumer Benefits. In it they report that consumers in the states that use the most wind energy are paying less for electricity than consumers in states that use less wind energy.
They report that the, “11 states that produce more than 7 percent of their electricity from wind energy have seen their electricity prices fall by 0.37 percent over the last 5 years, while all other states have seen their electricity prices increase by 7.79 percent over that time period.”
Even more notable, the Department of Energy’s Wind Technologies Market Report 2012 confirmed that the cost of wind energy had declined by 43 percent over the previous four years.
The report said that: 1) the capital cost to develop wind power declined, 2) the average cost to purchase electricity provided by wind fell 3) the productivity of wind turbines is increasing, and 4) 70% of the value of wind turbines installed in the U.S. now made in the USA”.
Read more here: http://awea.files.cms-plus.com/AWEA%20White%20Paper-Consumer%20Benefits%20final.pdf