Wind—Scattered Resources

K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver


Like Olympic contenders vying for the first-place podium, the United States and China have competed for the top spot in wind production since Germany lost that title in 2009. Although China has more installed capacity, the United States became the world’s number one producer of wind in 2013. So the good news is that the United States has ample reserves—enough to power the entire current U.S. electricity demand twelve times over. Furthermore, the incentives to develop this climate-friendly source of electricity are strong—not only is it encouraged by state-enacted Renewable Portfolio Standards, but in some instances wind is also the most cost-effective source of electricity generation.