|A wind farm in Texas. Click for photo credit.|
Dozens of new windmills are being been built that will account for 7000 megawatts of energy. The capacity of the transmission line is 18,000 megawatts, so there is room for further development. Considering that a medium-sized coal burning power plant produces about 500 megawatts, the implications of this wind development project are clear. The wind plant has the potential to eliminate the need for 36 coal burning power plants.
Of course, there are always challenges with wind. The biggest, of course, is how to supply energy on non-windy days. Nevertheless, this is a very big development for the green energy movement.