Today’s depressing statistic is brought to you by the New York Times:
[T]here is a booming business in small wind, meaning machines that generate a few kilowatts – enough, say, to run a house or several houses. The American Wind Energy Association said that sales of such small machines jumped 53 percent in 2010, with about 800 units sold.
Eight hundred? That’s terrible.
Virginia is really, really ripe for wind farms, nowhere as effectively as in the Chespeake. There are some spots suitable along the spine of the Blue Ridge, but in the whole of the Chesapeake and in the whole of the continental shelf, there is just a stunning amount of wind energy waiting to be harvested. And as Jim Bacon pointed out a few years ago, Norfolk/Newport News is uniquely equipped to fabricate, haul, and install the enormous turbines.