in the beginning, there was wind - 24/7/08

From Buck on July 24th, 2008

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced today that the USA has overcome Germany as the biggest generator of wind energy electricity in the first half of 2008. This milestone, which was not expected until the end of 2009, comes as a result of the higher average wind speeds in the USA, since Germany is still the leader in installed capacity.

From Brent on July 24th, 2008

"...since Germany is still the leader in installed capacity."

So the U.S. is just benefitting from higher average wind speeds - which means that all along it was a very feasible and geographically ideal concept. I wonder what numbers they would be producing if they had the same installed capacity as Germany.

Point noted though.

From Buck on July 24th, 2008

To be fair though, I did say that when we were talking about it. But yeah, we're getting there. Apparently the forecast to catch up to Germany was sometime in 2009 which means we are way ahead. I can't find the original article I read it in, unfortunately, cause that's where it talked about Texas leading the way in wind.

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