As it gets ever cheaper, wind energy will play a huge role in our clean-power future. Written by Maureen Hand, a senior engineer with the Strategic Energy Analysis Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Published by MIT Technology Review
Last May I attended an international meeting on wind energy in Portugal, where 100 percent of that country’s electricity demand was met by renewable energy—a combination of solar, wind, and hydro—for four days. There have also been several short periods in which wind generation alone has exceeded 40 percent of demand in U.S. regional systems in places like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. Continue reading.
Wind turbines on a farm between Odell and Diller in southeast Nebraska, part of the Steele Flats wind project. Photo Credit: James R. Burnett / Omaha World-Herald