Stanford University researchers produced a report on wind power in May 2005 mentioning the following:
- “Wind captured at specific locations, if even partially harnessed, can generate more than enough power to satisfy the world’s energy demands”
- “North America had the greatest wind-power potential, however, with the most consistent winds found in the Great Lakes region and from ocean breezes along coasts.”
- Locations with sustainable, appropriate wind speed, called Class 3 winds, could produce approximately 72 terawatts. 1 terawatt equals 1 trillion watts.
- 1 terawatt is more power than what is generated by 500 nuclear reactors, or thousands of coal-power plants.
- The entire world’s electricity usage in 2000 was 1.6 – 1.8 terawatts.
- The study was supported by NASA and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.
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