Flat Ridge 2, the largest wind farm to be built in Kansas, was set to begin operation at the end of 2012. The project has 274 wind turbines, each generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity that’s enough to power 160,000 homes.
“Besides being the largest wind farm in Kansas, the $800 million project is the largest ever to be built all at once, instead of in phases.”
Wind energy has been bolstered by requirements in Kansas and Missouri, that electric utilities use renewable energy to meet part of electricity demand. “Wind energy has been boosted by the Production Tax Credit, which is used to reduce the price of electricity produced to help make it more competitive.”
Kansas has been ranked the second best in the U.S. in wind resources.
Source: Kansas City Star
Wind energy production is sure to continue its growth, at least for one more year. The production tax credit for wind energy was given a one-year extension, which energy analysts and economic-development officials believe will help the renewable energy industry.
“Though good for only one year, the extension contains wording that applies the credit to wind farms that are ‘under construction’ by next December 31.”
The extension can give companies up to an additional 24 months to complete their wind projects. Without the extension, the wind market was expected to decline by more than 50 percent in 2013.
Source: Daily Camera
Researchers found that wind energy could power civilization 100 times over, but is it possible?
Can wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs? A study published this week in Nature Climate Change sought to find the answer to that question.
Right now wind power supplies about 4 percent of electric power in the U.S. but the study found that if we harnessed all the untapped wind, we would have enough to power the world. In fact, the study found that there’s enough wind potential to “power human civilization 100 times over.”
But the authors acknowledged the limitations of the study saying, “We were looking at the geophysical limits of what the Earth could handle. We didn’t necessarily restrict our study to what was feasible,” said Kate Marvel, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
If it were feasible, there would be a dramatic increase in turbines, and would require increasing power transmission lines. It’s certainly not a small undertaking, but wind power is rapidly becoming a common source of energy, especially in the Midwest.
In fact, in 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy released a comprehensive report “estimating that wind power could provide, at most, 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.”
Source: Washington Post