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America’s Growing Windpower And You Can Join The Revolution

Yes indeed the answer my friends may indeed be blowing in the wind. These two stories from the past couple of days show that wind power is becoming a growing force in this country. It is important to remember there are powerful forces arrayed against wind and other renewable forms of energy. These are industries, and their allies in the GOP, who seek to keep us chained to energy supplies that they control and will continue to exploit no matter what the cost to the environment. Just remember that when people complain that wind, solar and other technologies of the future are heavily subsidized so are oil, gas and nuclear.

Anyway back to the good news. First from the heartland of the mid west comes this story from the Des Moines Register;

Wind Supplies 20% of Iowa Electricity
By Dan Pillar
“Iowa’s wind generation reached 20 percent of the state’s total electricity network during the second quarter, the American Wind Energy Association reports.

Nationally, wind power averaged about 3 percent of the nation’s electricity between January and April 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal that wind will generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030.”

To read the entire story click here.

And now more good news from the Texas(?) via Climate Denial Crock of the Week with Peter Sinclair;
Texas Drought Shows Windpower Vital, Reliable

“Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, writes the Texas heat/drought/power crisis revealed several lessons: wind power enhances a grid’s reliability, conventional power plants can’t operate all the time, wind farms that are dispersed are more dependable, and output from offshore and coastal wind farms can meet peak demand during summer:
It’s over, for the moment: ERCOT, the company that manages the Texas utility system, said Monday that it doesn’t expect peak electricity demand this week to surpass last week’s record levels.
As he did after a sudden freeze stressed the Texas system in February, ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett credited wind power with a critical contribution during last week’s power emergency. Doggett said electricity from wind farms recently installed along Texas’s Gulf Coast began flowing at just the right time to help meet peak demand in the late afternoons.

With that in mind, some lessons from the week’s real-world experience with substantial amounts of installed wind generating capacity on a large utility system:

Adding wind power makes a utility system more reliable, not less.”

To read the entire story click here.

And for those of you that don’t want to wait until wind power comes to your area you can get a system of your own.

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