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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Global Wind Power Increased Nearly 29 Percent in 2008

Earlier this month we wrote about energy search engine reegle. Their RSS feed has been an excellent resource for energy news.

In this recent feed, wind energy data for 2008 was reported. The highlights:
1. Global wind capacity increased an estimated 27,000 megawatts with cumulative installations up almost 29 percent in 2008, ending the year at 120,000 megawatts, according to a new report from Worldwatch Institute.

2. ...for the first time last year, wind power represented Europe's leading source of new electric capacity with 8,900 megawatts (MW) added, well ahead of natural gas at 6,900 MW and coal at 760 MW.

3. By the end of 2008, wind power accounted for 8 percent of EU power capacity, enough to generate 4.2 percent of the region's electricity in a normal wind year.

4. The United States led in new installations, surpassing Germany to rank first in wind energy cumulative capacity and electricity generation.
It's great to read that the US led in new installations across the world. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil should be one of our country's highest priorities.

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2 Comments:

At May 27, 2009 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Tiff said...

It is definitely comforting to know that wind power is now more efficient as we face the global climate change and are in need of alternative energy sources. Look, there is even a wind-powered drive-in theater now: http://www.halogenlife.com/articles/2377-summer-road-trip-the-wind-powered-drive-in-theater

 
At May 27, 2009 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Robert Beal said...

Tiff: thanks for the link. Good for Gibson City, Illinois. If I'm ever in that area, I will definitely check out the wind-powered drive-in. Looks like Gibson is a little over 2 hours south of Chicago.

 

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