In just a few years, wind power has gone from the fringe to the mainstream, as witness Windpower 2008, with 10,000 expected participants and GE and BP as their “tera-watt” sponsors. It’ll be held next week in Texas where T. Boone Pickens recently ordered $2bn of wind turbines to make the biggest wind farm ever.
Our utility, Rocky Mountain Power, currently gets 3.6% of its power from wind (and rising fast), plus another 9.6% from hydro. That’s 13.2% from renewable energy– not too bad. It’s also starting to tap geothermal.