Wind Turbines

As spring approaches, so do windy days. Born in Chicago, known as “The Windy City” I always thought it was nicknamed because of how windy it can be there, turns out, it was a nicknamed coined during the 1893 Chicago World Fair in reference to its residents being a bunch of windbags (Devil in the White City by Erik Larson). In this post, I’ll tell you some fun facts about wind turbines.

32 wind turbines, double the size of the Statue of Liberty, placed offshore near the coast of Liverpool, England are part of a project to supply power for all 466,000 of its inhabitants. Surprisingly the owner and new entry into the energy business is Lego, the toy maker.

Humans have harnessed the power of wind energy since the earliest recorded windmills 500 to 900 AD in Persia. In America, wind energy was sidelined by fossil fuels. It wasn’t until the oil crisis of 1970 that interest in investing in wind technology reignited.  The wind potential found in only three states, Texas, Kansas, and North Dakota would be sufficient to meet energy demand coast to coast.

Government subsidies impede the growth of wind power. It is estimated by the International Monetary Fund, that the fossil fuel industry received more than $5.3 trillion in direct and indirect subsidies while the wind-energy industry has received just $12.3 billion since 2000.

Wind projects are coming in at 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.  Wind is predicted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance to be the lowest-cost energy globally by 2030. Now that’s something to get winded about!

 

 (Note: Information for this post came directly from the book “Drawdown” Edited by Paul Hawken)