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Wind Energy Costs Plunge

Posted by Tom Denham on Dec 27, 2016 2:40:12 PM

Producing electricity by utilizing wind power isn’t free, but it is getting cheaper a lot faster than anyone projected.

Wind-generated electricity costs have dropped by a staggering two thirds in the last six years and are projected to continue the drop through 2025, according to several new reports.

Improving technology and lower costs across the board are contributing to the falling costs, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Bigger and more technologically advanced wind turbines are a big contributing factor.  The average capacity of wind turbines installed in the US has almost doubled, and the average hub height has increased by 47%.

 



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California Winds: Opportunity and Obstacles

Posted by Tom Denham on Nov 16, 2016 2:19:23 PM

All you need to do is walk outside to feel the invisible power of the wind but harnessing its power is not as easy as it would seem. California wants to capitalize on its potential but it must overcome several obstacles first.

California was the cutting edge of wind power technology in the 1990s when it built the first wind farms in the nation.  Even though it has since been surpassed in wind generation by Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma, it remains a big player in wind technology.



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