Wind Energy Boom in Mexico

On an arid plain where sudden gusts of wind can rip roofs off buildings and knock over tractor trailers, Mexico is building a new engine for its energy future, reports David Garcia at Reuters News. The town of La Ventosa – which means “the windy place” in Spanish – is at the heart of the Mexican wind power boom, much of it centered in giant wind farms along the narrow land between oceans in the south. The difference in temperature between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean in the southern state of Oaxaca creates one of the planet’s strongest wind tunnels as gusts tear through gaps in the Sierra Madre mountains. Mexico has increased its wind power nearly 400 times what it was in 2005, and plans to install 2 GW of wind power by the end of this year, creating the largest growth of wind power in the world, Mexican President Felip Calderone noted recently. Mexico’s total wind power supply is expected to go up to 12 GW in 2020 – meeting about 15 percent of future energy needs.

Mexican wind energy boom plays out on gusty shores. On an arid plain where sudden gusts of wind can rip roofs off buildings and knock over tractor trailers, Mexico is building a new engine for its energy future. Reuters http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/65397

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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