Cape Wind has inked a deal with Siemens for wind turbines. On one level, I wish it could be General Electric, but on a deeper level, I am glad that America's first offshore wind turbine farm, 130 turbines, is progressing towards actual construction in 2014. twelve years of silly lawsuits....
There is still too much NIMBY thinking going on. I can understand not wanting an oil refinery in your back yard, but if anybody wants to build a wind turbine across the road from me, go ahead. there is a new book out entitled "The Great Texas Wind Rush" which explains how Texas became the leading US state for wind farms, with 9% of instate electrical needs met. simply, nobody said NO. In addition to not saying no, a transmission line was constructed to move the electrons from turbine to house. yeah, apparently they forgot to do that in parts of China, so some of the wind turbines there fail to get their electrons anywhere useful.
overall, USA wind power in 2013 did not have a great year- new construction slowed down
this has to do with the federal wind power credit, which ran out in 2012, then was restored for one year, and now seems to be expiring again. Tea Party fans will rejoice, but it is so short sighted. Congress apparently does not wish the USA to become a world leader in wind energy. Brilliant- Congress, you are going to get your wish on that one! China, Germany and the U.K continue to build.
i am an environmentalist. my understanding of global warming as a threat to the human future compels me to favor renewable energy. offshore wind is the best option, because birds do not fly offshore. But if wind farms kill a few birds, I am going to be okay with that. it's hard choices, people. You do not get to say Not in My Back Yard. you do not get to say GW is a hoax. when you have a hard choice, you have to say yes to something.