It's no secret that the US Republican Party has long supported the use of wind power and other RES. Republicans even during the presidential election campaign have tried to emphasize the fact that more than 80% of all US wind farms are located on the territory of the “red” states. Accordingly, the claimed record increase in the number of people employed in wind energy (88,000 in 2015), and a huge amount of investment in this sector (128 billion dollars over the last 10 years) are the merits of one political strategy.
However, the financial and consulting company Lazard has released its own study that shows strong support for RES among the voters on both sides of the political forces.
To date, only 18% of Conservatives (Republicans) consider the transition to “Clean Power Plan” (Clean Power Plan is the strategy of the US Department of Energy), and in 2012 this figure was 46%. Now the Conservatives are increasingly supporting the legislative measures to help accelerate this transition. In addition, 58% of respondents support legislative initiatives that will require supplying companies to generate some of the electricity from RES (which is almost 20% more than in 2012).
It is not surprising that an increasing number of Americans support the active use of RES, especially wind power.
The advantages of wind power development have already firmly entrenched in the minds of Americans:
• low energy costs (the cost of electricity from wind power has dropped by 66% over the last 6 years);
• strengthening of energy independence;
• increase in the number of jobs (88,000 in 2015);
• increase in investment (128 billion dollars over the last 10 years);
• development of remote rural regions.
The US Congress at the bipartisan vote in March, 2016 opted for a long-term support of RES.
AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) has recently released a short video clip, where representatives of several states share success stories and the benefits of wind power development.
“We’ve seen exponential growth in the use of wind and solar power in the USA. The budgets of Republican states receive more tangible revenues from RES,” claims AWEA publicist David Ward and adds: “Nevertheless, the benefits obtained by the United States from wind energy is the story of bilateral success. And both political forces are leading the country to a sustainable future.”