Wind Energy: Planning for the Future


"Clean energy" was a frequent topic during this fall's political campaigns, and there's plenty of substance behind the talk. The United States recently became the world leader in wind power capacity, eclipsing Germany and Spain which were pioneers in the field. The United States Department of Energy’s 2008 report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030, suggests, as the title implies, that the United States could feasibly satisfy 20 percent of its electrical needs through wind power by the year 2030. It appears that wind energy development is likely to continue to be a major force in meeting America’s energy needs for a variety of reasons, including the United States’ abundant wind resources, the need to reduce reliance on foreign sources of oil, increasing availability of federal and state incentives and environmental factors.

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