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Europe and Wind
Alex Steffen, 5 Dec 04

Lester Brown -- "Europe is leading the world into the age of wind energy":

"When the wind industry first began to develop in California in the early 1980s, wind-generated electricity cost 38¢ per kilowatt-hour. Since then it has dropped to 4¢ or below in prime wind sites. And some long-term supply contracts have been signed for 3¢ per kilowatt-hour. EWEA projects that by 2020 many wind farms will be generating electricity at 2¢ per kilowatt-hour, making it cheaper than all other sources of electricity.

"Once we get cheap electricity from wind, we have the option of electrolyzing water to produce hydrogen, which provides a way of both storing and efficiently transporting wind energy. At night when the demand for electricity drops, the hydrogen generators can be turned on to build up reserves."

A couple months old, but good reading.
(thanks, Amanda!)

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Comments

the link doesn't work, it just links to itself!


Posted by: Daniel Johnston on 6 Dec 04

Fixed link. Thanks for the heads-up, Daniel.


Posted by: Jamais Cascio on 6 Dec 04

Here's the link:

http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/Update37.htm

-- John


Posted by: John Norris on 6 Dec 04



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