Winds of Change Could Power Energy Shift

US gets only 1% of power from wind, but that could soon change
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 10:56 AM CST
In this Wednesday, March 5, 2008, file photo, a wind turbine blade is displayed during the opening of the Vestas blade factory in Windsor, Colo.   (AP Photo/File,Jack Dempsey, File)
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(Newser) – Wind turbines only provide 1% of power in the US, but advances by other nations might there's a push to up that number after the advances made by other nations. When storms pound Spain, wind-driven power provides up to a quarter of the nation's supply, driving down the cost of electricity by 11%, reports ABC News. That kind of savings could be possible in America, too.

Energy consultants estimate that if US companies were required to create at least 15% of their power from renewable sources, the average cost of electricity would drop 7%. And wind is a great source, when it's blowing. "Once your wind turbines go up, you have basically no costs," explains one proponent. "The fuel is free."