As Coal Falters, Wind Energy Is Soaring | WBEZ
Skip to main content

Here and Now

As Coal Falters, Wind Energy Is Soaring

Coal giant Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy filing yesterday comes as the coal industry continues its downward spiral. Blame new tough environmental regulations, cheap gas and low commodity prices for coal’s demise.

On the other hand, wind energy is booming. According to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association, more wind power was added last year than any other electricity source in the U.S., beating out natural gas and solar.

The industry also has the country’s fastest growing profession: the wind turbine technician. Dan Boyce from Here & Now contributor Inside Energy has more.

Reporter

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X