Wind power provided more than 10 percent of the electricity produced in nine states in 2012, with Iowa and South Dakota leading the pack at 24 percent each. These nine states—Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Dakota—are demonstrating that we can transition away from dirty, coal-burning power plants toward cleaner sources of electricity while maintaining a reliable and affordable electricity system.
But what happens when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine? Electricity grid operators use a variety of tools to ensure a reliable electricity supply. And the good news is that today's electricity system can handle a significant increase in wind and solar power across the country.
Together we can ramp up our country's use of renewable energy, but we need a strong and informed chorus of voices to stop the fossil fuel industry from blocking progress.
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