Told ya so?
The Guardian newspaper in London recently reported wind turbines in Spain went into overdrive during gale force winds. Spain’s Wind Power Association reported the wind cranked out almost 12 megawatts of electricity during the storm, providing a record 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs. And they say ‘that wasn’t even maxxing out the turbine capacity’ at the time.
Renewable energy critics have often criticized how wind energy is too little, too late.
Wind or solar won’t replace coal for decades, but the Spain experience highlights how much room for improvement we have in the US for taking advantage of pollution-free energy, when it is available. Why isn’t it given first preference? Often wind turbines and hydropower dams let their energy go to waste because the grid is only paying for “rock bottom” coal prices that come with a high carbon cost.
Investments in new solar arrays and wind farms won’t provided the needed environmental benefit unless public policy recognizes the full value.