Wind Speeds Drop As They Speed Up!
OCTOBER 9, 2021tags: wind
By Paul Homewood
Wind speeds are getting faster worldwide, and that’s good news for renewable energy production — at least for now.
A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that winds across much of North America, Europe and Asia have been growing faster since about 2010.
In less than a decade, the global average wind speed has increased from about 7 mph to about 7.4 mph. For the average wind turbine, that translates to a 17% increase in potential wind energy. That might explain about half the increase in U.S. wind power capacity since 2010, researchers say.