Description: Wind Energy is now Cheaper than fossil fuels (in the Wind Corridor)
Wind energy has matured to the point that it is now less expensive to build and operate than new IGCC coal-fired plants, in America's abundant wind energy corridor.
Wind energy systems are expanding rapidly worldwide, as equipment price falls. Billionaires like Warren Buffet and T. Boone Pickens are investing heavily in developing new wind farms. We do NOT need large-scale public funding. Private capital is more than willing to invest in free-fuel green energy systems, IF we merely convey a Shared Vision that green energy is our inevitable future (and carbon-based fuels are the declining burdensome past).
There are many emerging innovative new ways to harness wind energy. As America makes a clear commitment to clean, green, safe, free-fuel Abundant Energy In Harmony With Nature, cost-effective economy of super scale and high ROI will dominate our more-successful future.
Some of the land that Emerald Eco-City is interested in for solar energy overlaps areas where where wind energy is Excellent. The area around the dry southwestern U.S. is mostly ringed by mountains. Wind is concentrated by the "venturi effect" as it rises over mountains. Wind energy (over 9 mph) can be used to efficiently: (1) generate electricity, (2) pump water, and (3) compress gases (to produce things like liquid nitrogen, liquid hydrogen, dry ice, etc.). Compressed air can also be stored indefinitely in deep wells (and in depleted natural gas reservoirs) to be used later to generate electricity when the wind is not blowing, and the sun is not shining - 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year.
During peak wind energy periods, windmills can be used directly to pump water from a lower reservoir to a higher one, to store potential energy that can be used by hydroelectric generators to produce electricity when wind energy is lower and demand for power is high. There are many such systems in use today, including Pyramid Lake / Castaic Lake in California which generates a significant portion of the electricity used in the Los Angeles area.
Wind turbines and storage systems might be miles away from our Emerald Eco-City, wherever it is cost effective.
Our electrical power transmission systems will be "hardened" underground, for low-maintenance and high reliability /
durability. Energy source diversification has multiple valuable security benefits. Superior Energy Strategy Is Essential.
The Obama White House and the U.S. House of Representatives supported green energy in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), which was passed by the House on 7 / 7 / 2009. Deeply-entrenched Republican Senators (who are badly corrupted by expensive, highly-polluting, carbon-based fuel and inherently-dangerous nuclear power lobbyists) filibustered similar legislation, which the majority of Americans strongly support.
Decades of this type of partisan, unsustainable-energy politics is suicidal. 2008 proved what a deep energy mess America is now in. The $4-per-gallon pump price of petroleum triggered the Great Recession that persists to this very day. It blew a $15 Trillion hole in the American economy in the Fall of 2008, and bad unemployment numbers since then. The cost of energy is critical to our survival. FREE FUEL ENERGY is the only viable long-term solution. For four decades, 8 presidents, and 38 Congresses have promised "ENERGY INDEPENDENCE", but subsidized oil importation, while almost ignoring green energy.
Wind Energy Future Potential - Exponential Growth
Under President Carter, the U.S. DOE + NASA developed advanced wind generators in the late 1970s. Since then, we have fallen decades behind international wind leaders. Our growth has been renewed since 2000. America needs million of new large windmills.
For much more detail, see our 2,000-slide U.S. DOE / ORNL Workshop presentation
titled "Superior Future Energy"
on our Zero Energy Design CD ROM
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