North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

Summary: The United States is already the largest producer of wind-generated electricity, but it is just 2.3 percent of the total power created across the country.

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The prospects for wind generation technology installations across North America should more than double over the next six years to almost 126,000 megawatts (126 gigawatts) of generation capacity, according to a new market report from Pike Research.

Right now, there is about 53,000 megawatts (53 gigawatts) of capacity across the geography.

Pike bases its prediction on ongoing commitment to wind technologies, despite the difficult financial climates in both the United States and Canada. One factor is improving efficiencies and lower cost models for the technology that is being selected for large-scale generation projects. As Pike reported earlier this month, though, small-wind technology should not be discounted. The report probably doesn't account for the uncertainty over solar technology after the Solyndra debacle. (The typical knee-jerk reaction when someone gets burned on an emerging technology.)

Between now and 2017, about $145 billion will be spent on onshore and offshore wind turbines in the North America market. (That compares with about $820 billion that will be spent around the globe on wind technology.)

What's more, apparently the United States already produces more wind-generated energy than any other nation, enough to serve the electricity needs of 10 million homes. It is just that this is a small drop in the bucket compared with what the United States consumes; only 2.3 percent of the total power generation across the country.

Denmark, for comparison, generates 20 percent of its electricity from wind power.

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  • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

    Come here to Texas! Taxes are low, the government is very business-friendly, we have a lot of high-tech and heavy-industry manufacturing facilities, there are a lot of areas where sustained fairly high winds are common, and we would love the economic investment.

    And we even have our own electrical grid--which is why you've never heard of a major blackout affecting Texas.
    Rick_R
    • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

      @Rick_R

      Well, sorta, maybe:

      http://www.texastribune.org/texas-energy/electric-reliability-council-texas/the-rolling-chain-of-events-behind-texas-blackouts/
      Bill4
  • How many acres of land are consumed

    just to make 53 gigawatts? Now compare that to Palo Verde and perform the math.<br><br>Palo Verde, 29,250 gigawatts from 4000 acres annually. 3.9GW installed capacity.
    People
    • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

      @People

      Since the entire North American electrical grid is only about 1,000 gigawatts, 29,250 gigawatts must be way out of line.

      In any case, since one square mile is 640 acres, 4,000 acres isn't a whole lot of land.
      Rick_R
      • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

        @Rick_R
        I've read that the press likes to report in acres rather than square miles because the number is bigger and looks more impressive. This is especially true when reporting on forest/grass fires and areas flooded.
        Bill4
      • Okay

        @Rick_R <br><br>Firstly, you're right. 4000 acres is NOT a whole lot of land. That's my point. I was referring to efficiency.<br><br>Secondly, as far as wattage, I simply pulled the numbers from wikipedia. I presented both annual production and installed capacity since her number was not qualified.<br><br>I guess by now you'll understand that while I think wind power has it's place, as a primary source of energy I think it's both a waste of money and inefficient.
        People
  • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

    @Bill4

    The weather they are talking about was an outright freak of nature. For four days conditions in Dallas were so bad the area was shut down due to roads being iced over, etc. I have lived in Texas since January 1982 and we have never seen anything even vaguely similar. We have [b][i]never[/i][/b] had a major blackout like the ones that have occurred with the Eastern electrical grid.
    Rick_R
    • RE: North American wind generation capacity seen doubling

      @Rick_R
      The East is all screwed up anyway. Good luck on this winter.
      Bill4