More efficient technology combined with low costs and good wind resources are making wind cost-competitive with some of the cheapest forms of fossil energy in the Midwest.
President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
There are those who say that the U.S. needs to focus more on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind.
Electricity produced from wind set a record for several hours on Thursday, according to data from the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization that covers Oklahoma and eight other states. Despite the wind record, coal continues to be the dominant fuel for the region.