HARVEST THE WIND

Reviewed 7/10/2012

Harvest the Wind, by Philip Warburg
HARVEST THE WIND
America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability
Philip Warburg
Boston: Beacon Press, April 2012

Rating:

4.5

High

ISBN-13 978-0-8070-0107-3
ISBN 0-8070-0107-4 244pp. HC/GSI $27.95

Harvest the Wind tells a compelling story of manufacturing and operations jobs restored, of communities revitalized, of steps toward a rational energy mix for America. The information below, adapted from tables at the back of the book, show how much farther that story can go — given only some rational political will.

State Wind Power Potential Energy
Potential
(GWH/Yr)
Rankings
Current
Capacity
(GW)
Potential
Capacity
(GW)
Percentage
Attained
Current Potential
Adapted from Warburg, Table 1. Missing states have less than 1GW capacity.
Blue rows are states that use less than 0.1 percent of wind capacity.
Texas 10.085 1,901.5 0.53% 6,527,850 1 1
Iowa 3.675 570.7 0.64% 2,026,340 2 7
California 3.177 34.1 9.32% 105,646 3 20
Minnesota 2.192 489.3 0.45% 1,679,480 4 12
Washington 2.104 18.5 11.37% 55,550 5 22
Oregon 2.104 27.1 7.76% 80,855 6 21
Illinois 2.046 249.9 0.82% 763,529 7 15
Oklahoma 1.482 516.8 0.29% 1,788,910 8 9
North Dakota 1.424 770.2 0.18% 2,983,750 9 6
Wyoming 1.412 552.1 0.26% 1,944,340 10 8
Indiana 1.339 148.2 0.90% 443,912 11 16
Colorado 1.299 387.2 0.34% 1,288,490 12 13
New York 1.275 25.8 4.94% 74,695 13 20
Kansas 1.074 952.4 0.11% 3,646,590 14 2
Pennsylvania 0.748 3.3 22.7% 9,673 15 29
South Dakota 0.709 882.4 0.08% 3,411,690 16 5
New Mexico 0.700 492.1 0.14% 1,644,970 17 11
Wisconsin 0.469 103.8 0.45% 300,136 18 17
Missouri 0.457 274.4 0.17% 810,619 19 14
West Virginia 0.431 1.9 22.7% 5,820 20 33
Montana 0.386 944.0 0.04% 3,228,620 21 3
Idaho 0.353 18.1 1.95% 52,118 22 23
Maine 0.266 11.3 2.35% 33,779 23 25
Utah 0.223 13.1 1.70% 37,104 24 24
Nebraska 0.213 918.0 0.02% 3,540,370 25 4
Michigan 0.164 59.0 0.28% 169,221 26 18
Arizona 0.128 10.9 1.17% 30,616 27 26
Maryland 0.070 1.5 4.67% 4,269 28 35
Hawaii 0.064 3.3 1.94% 12,363 29 29
New Hampshire 0.026 2.1 1.24% 6,706 31[3] 34
Massachusetts 0.018 1.0 1.8% 3,323 32 36
Ohio 0.011 54.9 0.02% 151,881 33 19
Alaska 0.010 494.7 0.002% 1,620,792 34 10
Vermont 0.006 2.9 0.21% 9,163 36[4] 31
Arkansas 0.000 9.2 0.00% 26,906 n/a 27
Nevada 0.000 7.2 0.00% 20,823 n/a 28
Virginia 0.000 1.8 0.00% 5,395 n/a 32
Other States 0.041 2.2 1.86% 6,411 n/a n/a
Total 40.180 10,956.9 0.37% 38,552,706 n/a n/a

"Folding induced jobs into the assessment of wind energy benefits may go farther down the speculative road than some are ready to travel. But even setting that outer circle of employment benefits aside, we are looking at a roster that rises to more than a quarter-million direct and indirect jobs if we pursue DOE's 20% by 2030 goal. A technology commitment that advances America's energy independence and reduces our nation's carbon footprint while creating hundreds of thousands of new, skills-based jobs—isn't this a path worth taking?"

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