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Working Out the Numbers for Wind Energy

| Monday July 18th, 2005 | 0 Comments

wind44.jpgAmid the glowing reports on the potential for wind energy, there remain skeptics on several fronts (see AWEO for some counter-views). If we could somehow harness all the wind on the earth’s surface we’d have more energy than we’d know what to do with. The only thing holding back that utopian fantasy are transmission costs, infrastructure and land-use issues (do we really want to cover the planet with windmills?), not to mention the intermitant nature of wind.
Still, some degree of wind generation in the right places ought to be considered as a part of any sane energy policy. Grist’s Umbra has a good short piece on some of the ups and downs of wind energy that is ultimately optimistic. Check it out.


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