Is Wind Power a Future Pathway for World Superpowers?

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by in Clean Tech, Politics

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The United States and China have another area of competition: wind power.  What may have seemed as a trivial issue decades ago, wind power has become a pathway to economic power as the globe continues to strive towards green practices and sustainable systems.   While Europe leads continents in cumulative wind energy, the United States has led individual nations in this category until 2008.  However, as China has taken the lead in this category in 2009 and may continue to hold onto its lead as it’s economy continues to grow and develop clean technology. Once again, the United States and China are in a possible race over an economic resource that will undoubtedly contain economic, social, and political implications around the globe.

What must the United States do to regain its spot as the leader in wind power? Here a few areas of improvement:

1) Currently, wind power in the United States is driven by a federal contract initiated by the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), ending in 2012.  If the United States can extend this contract to 2020, this will give lenders, developers, and manufacturers room to grow and develop more efficient wind technology and have more time to implement wind power systems across the union.

2) Currently, the Obama administration is striving towards a greener society and a sustainable culture.  Policies are currently being drawn up and will most likely be influenced by discussion in Copenhagen.  However, a stronger portfolio of renewable resources needs to be developed and implemented by law.  A national standard and state standards need to be established for rapid growth in sustainable technology and operations. If wind power can be strongly addressed over the next few years and implemented into a long-term plan, the United States can regain their position ahead of China in cumulative wind power output.

3) Fulfilling the potential of the nations power grid.  Nearly 300,000 megawatts of wind power are awaiting access.  A thorough upgrade of the nations electric grid is needed to employ the total potential of the nation’s wind power. Approximately 16 transmission development projects, with power lines able to accommodate 36,000 megawatts of new wind capacity, are in the pipeline and scheduled for completion by 2014. Is there nothing more sad than wasted potential?

4) Finally, the United States needs to put its money where its carbon is! Incorporating climate costs into a more comprehensive system of energy output would shift the interests of average citizens and businesses to strive for a wind energy as an alternative energy solution.

As discussion continues to unfold in Copenhagen, global policies for renewable energy and sustainable policies will shape national policies around the globe.  The hold of fossil fuels as a token of power may soon run its course, leaving wind power as a viable option for generating economic prosperity. Wind energy is not only a chance to reduce our nations carbon footprint, but it also represents a viable way to improve the unemployment rate, stimulate the economy, regain a leadership role in global energy, and set a better example of the United States government for the world to follow.  The ball is in our court and it now comes down to smart decisions.

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