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Wind energy produced worldwide: 65,000,000,000 kWh per year (enough power for 6 million U.S. homes)
Wind energy produced in the U.S.: 16,000,000,000 kWh per year (enough power for 1.6 million homes)
Wind energy is on track to be the most widely used source of affordable, reliable, clean, and secure renewable electricity. And it can be a source of real savings for your organization or business.
Wind power is a commercially proven, rapidly growing form of electricity generation that provides clean, renewable, and cost-effective electricity in this country and around the world. Wind power generation in the U.S. grew at an average annual rate of 39% from 2004 through 2009. Worldwide, the growth rate in 2009 was over 31%.
Recent price trends place the cost of wind-generated electricity on par with that of gas-fired generation. In addition, its use avoids the volatility of fossil fuel prices and the supply disruptions that can inflate prices and wreak havoc on businesses and the economy. Expanded use of wind power diversifies our nation’s energy supply and reduces our dependence on foreign fuel supplies –strengthening our national security.
There are numerous reasons to consider using the wind to produce electricity, including:
It’s environmentally responsible. Wind-generated electricity does not pollute the air, water or soil, and it does not create toxic or radioactive wastes, or release carbon dioxide in operation. Additionally, wind power does not require the large amounts of water typically required by non-renewable energy sources.
It’s endlessly renewable. Wind power is the result of solar heating; it is unlimited and cannot be depleted. Adequate wind resources are widely distributed throughout Texas and the United States.
It's economical. The wind is free. It is not subject to fuel price increases, supply disruptions, or stricter limits on air emissions. In addition, wind power will not be subject to proposed carbon taxes or other costs that may be added to the price of nonrenewable electricity. The price of renewable wind power is already competitive with the price of electricity generated by many new and existing conventional power plants.
It can come online quickly. Utility-scale wind power plants are routinely built and commissioned in less than one year most other large power plants can take years to permit and construct even when public opposition is not a factor.
It’s compatible with other land uses. Utility-scale wind farms typically take less than 3% of the project’s total footprint. The remaining land remains free to use for ranching, farming, recreation, and many other activities. With careful planning, mineral exploration may also be possible,
It benefits rural communities. Construction of a wind farm increases a community’s property tax base, and creates local jobs in construction, operations and maintenance. Wind power supports agriculture by providing supplemental income for farming and ranching families while leaving the majority of the land available for agriculture and grazing production.
It promotes national security and energy independence. Wind power uses no fossil fuel, imported from potentially unfriendly foreign countries. Wind plants strengthen local economies, creating jobs that cannot be exported. It is a secure source of electricity that helps diversify our energy supply and improves our national balance of payments.
It’s a significant potential energy source for the U.S. The Department of Energy has concluded that wind energy can produce 20% of U.S. electricity supply by 2030, with the right government policies in place.
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