Thanks to Ron Martino on the facebook page, Essex Coastal Wind Forum, for bringing our attention to this story by Lulu Chang on December 29 for Yahoo News. 2015 was a good year for wind power in the U.S. About five percent of our total electricity generated comes from wind power at this point in time. The recent decision by Congress to extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit has turned the tables, making it good business to invest in wind.
Turbines at Maranchon Wind Farm in Spain’s Guadalajara province (AFP Photo/Curto de la Torre)
“This American wind power success story just gets better. There’s now enough wind power installed to meet the equivalent of total electricity demand in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “Wind energy is the biggest, fastest, and cheapest way we can cut carbon pollution here in the U.S., and as wind power grows, so will savings for American families and businesses all across the country.”
It’s good to finally start hearing some good news about the climate. The big question, of course, is if we can make enough of a difference in time to prevent catastrophic climate change. Note that a few of these charts do not bear good news.
Think Progress contributor Joe Romm, on
My candidate for the top solutions chart of the year comes from a November DOE report, “Revolution…Now The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies.” It shows the stunning progress core clean energy technologies have made in the last several years as accelerated deployment created economies of scale and brought technologies rapidly down the learning curve.
See the rest of the charts.
On Thursday, October 4, Salem SAFE joined the fun, marching in the Haunted Happenings Parade. The Green Team also included Salem Sound CoastWatch and GreenSalem.com, the City’s Recycling Taskforce.
Brian Watson visited with neighbors of the proposed wind turbine on Winter Island (Salem News, November 1, 2011):
Last week I attended a gathering of Salem residents from six of the households on Winter Island Road, the street nearest to the proposed wind turbine location on Winter Island.
They had called the meeting and invited me to attend specifically to discuss the issues that have been raised about the turbine, and also to emphasize to me that nine of the 12 households on Winter Island Road strongly support the plan to erect one.
Two residents — attorney Ed Moriarty and former City Councilor Kevin Harvey — oppose the turbine. I spoke with them directly to hear their concerns.
The proposal for Winter Island — the best of nine sites considered — is to build a 1.5-megawatt machine, which would stand about 260 feet tall at the hub of the blades, and roughly 382 feet tall at the tip of a blade at the top of its rotation. Read more.