Three decades ago, wind
turbines were rated by kilowatt (kw) capacity and advocates were seen as New Age
Don Quixotes. As seen in this photo, today’s turbines are 100 meters tall and
rated at 3-10 Megawatts capacity. This is utility scale power, and wind farms
are being developed on every continent – onshore and offshore.
China, the United States,
Germany, Spain and India have led the development – as the industry has tripled
in the last 5 years. Bigger turbines have reduced the cost/kw-hour, which has
become competitive with natural gas.
Now we have two scientific
studies that state that the wind resource potential is 10-20 times
what’s needed to power the world’s total electrical requirement. High and
low pressure around our planet means the wind is always blowing somewhere. These
turbines are linked via high-voltage transmission to cities and industry.
Your voice is essential. While renewable energy is
the fastest growing resource today, wind farm development still requires
political support and massive upfront investment. What’s unique to this
green economy is that every nation can develop their own renewable resources,
create domestic jobs and reduce carbon emissions. That’s a win-win-win.
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