That whooshing you hear is the sound of electricity prices dropping in many parts of Europe, including Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In 2013, all these countries set new records for the amount of electricity generated by wind, which kept fossil fuel usage from doing its usual spike during the winter months when energy demand always soars.
American wind energy is growing in some parts of the U.S. In fact, Iowa and South Dakota now produce more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind. Our wind resources are far more diverse than those in Europe, and the total amount of wind energy available in the U.S. is enough to meet our electricity needs a dozen times over.
So why aren’t we harvesting more of this pollution-free renewable resource? Members of Congress who are reliable in watching after the interests of the petroleum and coal sectors are effectively stonewalling the kind of legislation that would enable us to have a coherent wind energy policy. For example, Congress recently allowed the wind production tax credit to lapse. The solution? Get out the “wind vote” this fall!
Story and Graphic Source: EcoBusiness