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Author Gipe, P.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword WIND ENERGY ♦ CALIFORNIA ♦ WIND POWER PLANTS ♦ DENMARK ♦ CAPACITY ♦ DATA ♦ ELECTRIC POWER ♦ ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY ♦ ENERGY CONSUMPTION ♦ FORECASTING ♦ INSTALLATION ♦ POWER GENERATION ♦ SIZE ♦ WIND POWER ♦ WIND TURBINES ♦ ENERGY SOURCES ♦ EUROPE ♦ FEDERAL REGION IX ♦ INDUSTRY ♦ INFORMATION ♦ MACHINERY ♦ NORTH AMERICA ♦ POWER ♦ POWER PLANTS ♦ RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ♦ SCANDINAVIA ♦ TURBINES ♦ TURBOMACHINERY ♦ USA ♦ WESTERN EUROPE 170400* -- Wind Energy-- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects
Abstract Production of wind-generated electricity increased substantially in both California and Denmark during 1989. Wind power plants in California generated 2.1 billion (2,124 million) kWh of electricity during 1989 - a 17 percent increase over the previous year. The electricity is equal to about one percent of the electricity consumed in California. In Denmark, production of wind-generated electricity jumped an impressive 62 percent to 465 million kWh - equal to about 1.6 percent of electrical consumption in the country. At current rates, generation by wind plants in California should stabilize at nearly 2.8 kWh per year in 1992. The 134 MW of new capacity added last year should be able to produce about 275 million kWh annually. If an additional 150 MW are installed this year and next, annual generation should increase by another 300 million kWh per year. According to the Danish consulting firm Birger Madsen Consult, 356 turbines were installed in Denmark last year - increasing the total number of turbines operating in the country by 17 percent to 2,406. The average size of the turbines installed last year reached nearly 200 kW. This brings the total capacity installed in the country to 253 MW. Last year turbines generated 2,133 kWh and had a capacity factor 24.3 percent. Madsen estimates that total generation this year will reach 600 million kWh - approximately two percent of Danish consumption.
ISSN 10437320
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1990-04-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Independent Energy
Volume Number 20
Issue Number 4


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