Wind electricity

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Written by Lester Brown

A nationwide wind resources survey by the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that three states--Kansas, North Dakota, and Texas--have enough harvestable wind energy to satisy national electricity needs. With new wind farms coming o­nline over the last year or two in Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and Wyoming, U.S. wind-generation jumped by 29% in 1999.

The generation of electricity from wind is exciting because money spent for this electricty typically stays in the community, whereas money spent for electricity generated by oil may wind up in the Middle East.  Morever, with cheap wind-generated electricity, hydrogen, the preferred fuel for fuel-cell engines, can be produced during the night when electricity demand is low.

Lester Brown, The Earth Policy Reader, p. 162.

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