Tag Archives: wind energy

Unprecedented contribution of wind power in U.S. Midwest

Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a […] … learn more→

Wind surpasses nuclear in China

Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead. Since 2007, nuclear power generation has risen by 10 percent annually, compared with wind’s explosive […] … learn more→

What is offshore wind power?

Offshore wind power is wind energy on the sea. No secrets here. However, offshore wind power is in many ways very different from wind power on land. I’m going to go through the most important differences in this article. First of all, the wind power technology on land has had a much longer time maturing […] … learn more→

The Great Transition, Part II: Building a wind-centered economy

In the race to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy and avoid runaway climate change, wind has opened a wide lead on both solar and geothermal energy. Solar panels, with a capacity totaling 70,000 megawatts, and geothermal power plants, with a capacity of some 11,000 megawatts, are generating electricity around the world. […] … learn more→

Offshore wind development picking up pace

Wind power is the world’s leading source of renewable electricity, excluding hydropower, with 238,000 megawatts of capacity installed at the start of 2012. Thus far, almost all of this wind power has been tapped on land; worldwide just 4,600 megawatts of offshore wind farms were operating as of mid-2012. Offshore wind capacity is growing quickly, […] … learn more→