SourceUS Energy Information Administration: Electric Power Monthly; American Wind Energy Association: Year-End Wind Capacity By State (Multiple Years);  NREL Annual Report on US Wind Power Installation, Cost and Performance Trends (Multiple Years). SaskPower Annual Report (2013 and 2010).

* 2014 data is for the 12 months prior to end November 2014 since full-year data is not yet available. Given the rapid build out in US wind capacity in December, we expect year-end data to be significantly better than that shown.

 

The purpose of this blog is to show that it is possible to bring on significant new wind additions at high speed. The reason for showing this is to counter one of SaskPower's many (invalid) excuses for continued inaction on wind energy - namely that 'renewable energy cannot be added in the blink of an eye, it's just unrealistic'.

It should however be apparent, from the actions of the top-10 US wind states since 2006, that there is a very large amount which can be done in only 8 years (2006 to 2014).

Of note, from the chart, is the fact that in 2006 the US and 8 of today's top-10 States, were generating LESS of their electricity from the wind than Saskatchewan.   

Two of those States (South Dakota and Iowa) now generate almost a third of their electricity from wind. Meanwhile wind energy in Saskatchewan stagnates: from 2006 to 2014 wind energy's share in Saskatchewan has actually declined - from 2.9 percent to 2.8 percent.  

Continued inaction on wind energy represents a significant wasted opportunity to lower electricity prices and to create thousands of jobs. So what is causing the delay? More on that later...