Wind Power Is Boring; This Isn’t

February 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Wind is a boring industry. We build towers, the wind blows, we harvest the energy. Unlike the rock-em sock-em world of oil drilling, where billion-dollar rigs can go down in flames and ice-breakers are deployed to find new supplies, wind power comes with few surprises. In energy production, that’s a good thing.

Wind has become so predictable and commonplace that it’s hard to imagine where all the U.S. turbines could be hiding — currently enough to power more than 12 million homes. Fortunately, we don’t have to imagine anymore.

Click on the image below to check out a new data visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey (a group of data junkies with a boring name). It’s a map of the U.S. with pins dropped on every single known wind farm. Those dots you see? Zoom in using the magnifying glass in the upper left corner and they will explode into more dots. Zoom in further and those dots will become massive wind turbines.

Source: USGS

Source: USGS

Behold, America’s mountains and farmlands, cities and towns in all their renewable wind-powered glory. Not boring.

Click ahead for last week’s rundown of favorite data visualizations so far in 2014. Warning: World Upside-Down Turnage May Occur

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