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The Greening of AsiaThe Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency$
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Mark Clifford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166089

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166089.001.0001

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Blowin’ in the Wind

Blowin’ in the Wind

(p.44) 2 Blowin’ in the Wind
The Greening of Asia

Mark L. Clifford

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses wind power, which is a relatively new energy source. Like solar power, wind power relies on natural forces to produce electricity. Unlike fossil fuels, wind does not produce air pollution or carbon dioxide emissions. Technological advances, together with a growing demand for turbines, have brought about a dramatic reduction in the price of wind power worldwide. This era of inexpensive wind power is the result of a new generation of higher-capacity turbines that can produce substantially more electricity than their predecessors. In the five years from 2008 until 2012, wind power installations more than doubled, approaching 300 GW of installed capacity. At the end of 2012, there were 225,000 wind turbines producing power, generating about 2.6 percent of global electricity.

Keywords:   wind power, natural forces, electricity, fossil fuels, wind turbines, wind power installations

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