More Power from the Wind by 2020?

By 2020, the federal energy department aims to have five percent of the nation's electricity come from wind, up from one-tenth of one percent from wind power today. According to national and international energy sources, wind generated electricity has become the fastest growing energy source in the world. Presently, all the wind turbines in the country can generate only 2,500 megawatts. The power from the wind turbines is about three times the amount of power produced at Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, Nebraska.

Renewable energy experts agree that wind is the most cost competitive with traditional sources such as coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear. Currently, the price of a kilowatthour from a wind turbine costs about five cents. In the 1970s, the cost of the same amount of power from wind cost 40 cents or more. The Energy Department believes the cost of production must fall about two cents a kilowatthour in the first part of the next century for the goal to be reached in 2020.

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