The United States has just overtaken Germany (which happens to be about 27 times smaller than the US) as the world's largest wind energy producer. And now we're supposed to throw a party, right?
OK, maybe a small party. 2007 saw the third straight year of record growth for wind power in America, and even if we can't keep that up for 2008, the future of wind energy looks strong. At maximum capacity, we'd produce roughly 21 gigawatts of power with wind, though it's unclear exactly how much we're actually producing.
I won't really be happy until we're producing 27 times as much wind power as Germany. But, according to Randall Swisher, the executive director of the American Wind Energy Association, this puts us on track to beat the Department of Energy's goal to have more than 20% of America's power generated by wind by 2030.
That's good news...the question is, can we keep it up?
written by Eric, January 06, 2009
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