Google Now Buying Enough Wind Energy To Power 170k Homes

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For Maui, More Wind Means Reduced Electric Bills

A big part of that competitive price comes from technology improvements in wind turbines, which has made them more efficient. Since 1999 the average amount of electricity generated by a single turbine has increased by about 260%. With continued technology improvements and policy support, DOE estimates as much as 20% of projected U.S. electricity demand could be met by wind power by 2030. In Colorado, for example, Xcel Energy has grown its wind capacity from 32 megawatts in 1998 to a projected 2,800 megawatts in 2016 , at which time 30 percent of the utilitys power will come from wind.

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You make sure every watt generated or close to it makes its way onto the grid. (See related quiz: What You Dont Know About Wind Energy .) Thats what Maui Electric Company said [ PDF ] its doing, announcing changes in its use and integration of wind power that are allowing it to use about 91 percent of available wind energy compared to an estimated 72 percent prior to making the changes. The increased use of wind energy results in estimated savings of more than $22 per year for a typical Maui residential electric bill, the company said. With additional changes, Maui Electric expects to increase the amount of wind energy used to roughly as much as 95 to 98 percent, which could save a typical residential customer another $7 to $10 per year. (See related post: Federal Study Highlights Eagles Deaths at Wind Farms .) Wind is offering cost savings around the country, but Hawaii is particularly ripe for its contribution because the state has the highest electricity rates in the nation a whopping 37 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to a recent EIA Electric Power Monthly (see page 122). Thats a result of the state getting about three-quarters of its electricity from imported petroleum. Maui Electric outlined the moves it has made to take greater advantage of the wind power thats already being produced: To increase the use of wind power, Maui Electric said it has: modified some of its generator control systems; reduced the use of the four generating units at the Kahului power plant; and fully incorporated the battery energy storage system at the Kaheawa Wind II wind farm.

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