August 12, 2013
The energy market is heating up where if this were wrestling all the members are in the ring. The goal is to promote renewables as the oil and gas reassert position. The use of an energy mix quotient is the best tool but the lack of national policy undermines each states efforts to address their bigger issue of energy optimization versus the current state competition. The news report of the “US Wind Market Continues Growth” is obvious statistic as states and city’s look toward the short-term future for savings and the generation of more GW’s.
Smart Meters reports, “New data released by the Department of Energy show that the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. In 2012, wind energy became the leading source of new electricity generation capacity for the first time, representing 43 percent of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in investment.” In January is was reported that Wind was slowing because as China pushes wind.
“The Energy Department and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report says America’s total wind power capacity surpassed 60 GW at the end of 2012, which is enough electricity to power more than 15 million homes each year—or as many homes as in California and Washington state combined. Since 2000, the United States’ cumulative installed wind energy capacity has increased more than 22-fold.”
According to the DOE, “Nine states now rely on wind power for more than 12 percent of their total annual electricity consumption – with wind power in Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas contributing more than 20 percent. Additionally, Texas added over 1,800 megawatts of wind power last year, more than any other state. On a cumulative basis, Texas remains a clear leader with over 12 GW installed at the end of 2012, more than twice as much as California, the next-highest state.”
The gap between renewables and the other 78 percent is supplied by oil and gas, natural gas and the reliance on the current infrastructure. This reliance has the renewable market growing at a slower rate than what will be required to support demand. The need for wind power is being marked by global expansion and energy shifts by the political appetites within energy palates.
- Wind energy a wise investment in Kansas and the nation (kansascity.com)
- Ohio trails when it comes to wind power (bizjournals.com)
- Wind Energy | We’re Big Fans (skinnyskinnyblog.wordpress.com)
- Texas breezes along as US wind power leader (fuelfix.com)
- U.S. Wind Power price is down to $0.04 per kWh – U.S. Dept of Energy (jbsnews.com)
- Wind Energy Prices Hit Lowest Level In 8 Years As Industry Explodes (thinkprogress.org)
- Wind Energy Gaining In Colorado (denver.cbslocal.com)