January 26, 2010
As many sports fans will often say when their team wins a game, “It was ugly, but we won.” The same could be said about wind power in the United States. As highlighted in The New York Times today (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/business/energy-environment/26wind.html?scp=2&sq=wind%20power&st=cse), close to 2% of the country’s electricity now comes from wind turbines. Compare that to 10 years ago when it was virtually zilch.
Today, the American Wind Energy Association, the nation’s leading trade association for the wind energy industry, released their annual report (http://www.awea.org/newsroom/releases/01-26-10_AWEA_Q4_and_Year-End_Report_Release.html), and while it acknowledges that we still have a ways to go, the overall progress made in the wind energy industry over the last few years is undeniable.
Progress may be slow, but we’re moving in the right direction, and I’m happy to see this getting more attention in the mainstream press.