Renewable sources of energy are everywhere. Solar energy solutions are popping up all over the U.S., and geothermal neighborhoods are gaining traction. One of the other new sources of power is wind power. In my opinion, it’s a great idea. I come from Idaho, which might be the windiest place on earth. Turning nature’s best torture weapon into a usable source of power seems like a no-brainer.
In fact, here are a few quick statistics about wind power:
- By the end of 2012, there were 40,000 wind turbines in the U.S.
- The U.S. has 51,630 MW of wind capacity available
- Denmark generates more than 25% of its electricity from wind
- Wind energy production is growing 25% every year
- There is enough wind energy produced every year in the world to power 6 million homes
- By 2020, the U.S. will be producing enough wind energy to power 25 million homes annually
- Just 1 MW of wind energy offsets 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide
- Wind farms generate 17 to 39 times more power than they consume
- China is the largest producer of wind energy in the world
- Wind power systems have 100 times better lifetime energy yield than nuclear or fossil fuels
- Approximately 85,000 Americans are employed in the wind power industry
As you can see, it’s a new and growing market. It will be interesting to see where it goes next.