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Report finds US is world's top wind producer

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Post #: 260
Guardian (McClatchy)

Interesting article due to the details in it, for instance:

  • The American Wind Energy Association is expected to release a survey next month that says the US has become the world's leading wind producer
  • Germany still has more installed capacity - 22,000 megawatts compared with 17,000 in the US at the end of 2007. But the average wind speed is stronger in America, which means more energy is being generated, the group said. ==> Kind of sad how a little country like Germany puts us to shame. We have 27 times more land and almost 4 times their population yet we are only now starting to challenge them in wind energy. And that's only if we take the country as a whole as a comparison. However to be fair we should make the comparison based on available land. That makes us look too pathetic though.
  • And this year, Germany will add only about 1,600 megawatts of wind energy, while the US will add more than 6,000 megawatts, said Randy Swisher, executive director of the association ==> Which means Germany will continue for at least another year to lead us in capacity. Also means we are growing at more than 33% while Germany is only growing at 7%. Or put another way, we will reach their level of wind saturation on our lands at current growth rates by the year 2024. It's so nice to know Germany is already ahead of us in wind energy by 15 years! Stats were gotten from http://en.wikipedia.o...­ and http://en.wikipedia.o...­ for these numbers.
  • building a wind farm costs more than a fossil-fuel plant - between $1.5m and $2m per megawatt of capacity compared with $800,000 for a natural-gas plant. ==> So does that mean wind costs 2.5 times more than coal? It's my understanding they cost about the same. What's missing here?

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