The federal Energy Department released a detailed analysis last month that concludes that wind power can provide up to 20% of the nation’s energy in the next 25 years. Federal officials and industry leaders say moving to wind power is necessary to help wean the country off foreign oil and to improve air quality. But doing so will require at least a threefold increase in the number of wind turbines, as well as a significant expansion of power transmission lines to carry the electricity from the wind farms to the large population centers that need it. While it’s good to know that the federal government has finally recognized the potential of wind energy, the government isn’t moving fast enough.
A friend of mine, Cecil Spear, who is a key player with Trinity Industries, tells me his corporation is a leading proponent of wind-supplied energy. Trinity, which manufactures and sells the steel towers that are a part of the system, has been pushing wind power for the past several years. The analysis, by the U.S. Energy Department, after looking into the country’s technological and manufacturing capacity, determined that wind power can supply 20% of the country’s electricity by 2030. Wind is a renewable energy source, and the more it’s utilized the less the country must rely on foreign oil.
Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association, says that 35% of all new electric generating capacity in the country last year was wind power. I have to wonder if the Bush Administration knows this or if they really care. The full report will be available soon at www.20percentwind.org. Hopefully, the next President will fully support this needed energy source.
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