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Spain Sets Wind Energy Record

800px-Spain-by-plane-10Spain’s wind energy industry announced last month that they have set an important record.  For the first time in the country’s history, electricity generated from wind turbines exceeded that of solar, coal, and nuclear sources.  This is an unprecedented event for the Iberian country, which features a scenic southern land that is famous for sunny days, clear skies and yes, steady wind.

Gone are the days of Don Quixote and the famous windmills of southern Spain.  These days, wind turbines churn across the Spanish landscape, especially during the winter months.  From November of 2012 through January of 2013, these turbines were responsible for 26 percent of the countries’ electricity – enough to power every household in Spain.  Also worth noting is this: over this same 100 day period, this energy has replaced the equivalent of 31 million barrels of oil.

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Great Wind Energy Infographics From the Department of Energy

Anyone who knows me knows that I love statistics.  Statistics are cold, hard, empirical facts that cannot be disputed.  Debates and discussions begin with opinions, but are settled with facts.  It is even better when  statistics are compiled and presented in a way that make them easy to understand and get a point across quickly.  This makes statistics more accessible to those of us who are, let’s say….less mathematically inclined.  Recently the United States Department of Energy created a suite of graphics that very quickly and succinctly outline the current state of the wind energy industry in America.  Take a look for yourself and enjoy!

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