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From Science Vol 325, No. 5946. Sep. 11, 09 cover.
The potential of wind power as a global source of electricity is assessed by assimilating wind data from a variety of metrological sources. The analysis indicates that a network of land-based 2.5-megawatt (MW) turbines, restricted to non-forested, ice-free, non-urban areas and operating at as little as 20% of their rated capacity, could supply >40 times current worldwide consumption of electricity and >5 times total global use of energy in all forms. Resources in the contiguous United States, specifically in the central plain states, could accommodate as much as 16 times the total current demand for electricity in the U.S.
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