Update on Wind Power

A recent article in "This Week in Germany" has some startling statistics on the alternate power source Wind Power. The article itself describes the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  This Houston, Texas museum demonstrates various power generation technologies from oil to alternative fuels and power generation. Surprisingly, half the information on wind power originates with German Technology. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Texas now produces more energy from wind than any other state in the union.  However, even though Texas and Germany are about the same size, Germany produces 8 times more megawatts (MW) from wind power than Texas.

This disparity is understandable in the home of the oil industry.  But with the high cost of energy and the real fear of Global Warming, new alternatives are looked for, even in Texas. The State of Texas has leased 11,000 acres on the Gulf Coast to Galveston Offshore Wind for the production of Wind Powered Electricity.  It is hoped that electricity will be produced from this site to power 40,000 homes.

For more information, see the February 16, 2007 issue of "This week in Germany".

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