Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment.
Let’s talk some wind power facts (Source: American Wind Energy Association):
–The U.S. wind industry had its best year yet in 2012, installing 13,124 megawatts (MW) to reach more than 60,000 MW installed wind nationwide. That’s enough energy to power 14.7 million American homes and provide electricity generation equivalent to 14 nuclear power plants or 52 coal-fired plants.
Reaching 60,000 ME means:
–Each year, wind energy produces electricity equivalent to burning 320 million barrels of oil.
–Each year, wind energy avoids the emission of 95.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, taking the equivalent of 17.5 million cars off the road, and also avoids consuming 36.6 billion gallons of water.
Now let’s talk Pennsylvania wind power facts (Source: American Wind Energy Association):
–PA ranks 15th among wind power producing states in the U.S.
–PA has 1,340 MW of wind capacity.
–PA has 24 wind farms in operation and counting.
Change at the state and federal levels takes time, but individuals can help the movement toward more renewable energy by switching their home and business power to 100% PA wind power. Switching to wind power is one of the best ways to contribute to your local economy and to help improve local air quality.
Pennsylvania: Wind energy doubles in PA, but still behind other states | Written by The Associated Press | Apr 23, 2013
Wind energy installations almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year, but the industry still provides only about one percent of the state’s electricity, far behind Iowa, Texas, and others.
Pennsylvania now ranks 16th in the nation in wind power, with 1,430 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s Annual Market Report for 2012, which was released this month.
Iowa leads the nation, getting 24.5 percent of its electricity from wind power in 2012.
Even some advocates of renewable energy wonder if Pennsylvania will ever reach the wind energy levels of Iowa and some other leaders.
In Pennsylvania, the windiest areas tend to be on mountain ridges. Iowa, Texas, and a number of other states have sustained high winds and large areas of flat land that are relatively easy to build on, while states such as New York have the potential for extensive offshore wind farms.