Quietly up until now, wind has been making its steady comeback in the American energy sector.
In fact, the “alternative” energy industry has tripled since 2008, and should the sector continue to grow, wind farms are poised to power 35% of American demand by 2050. More companies are starting up in wind generation, supply chain manufacturing, and grid revitalization in the US than ever before.
However, despite the looming crises over our planet, the push for more ecological awareness is only a part of the reason why renewables are gaining speed. There has been, especially over the last three years, such a large spike in demand for wind and solar energies from private tech companies, that they’ve set a green-power trend. Companies like Apple and Google now not only compete in how many products they sell but also what percentage of their operation is fueled by renewable energy.
The trend is promising for ecologists and economists alike. While wind turbines have proven themselves as the most efficient, scalable form of renewable energy, more and more companies are jumping on the long-term bandwagon. Where newfound oil fields yield only a temporary fix to the demand in energy, the world will need new ways to power its vehicles and cities in as little as 40 years. This sharp decrease in reserves will yield short-term catastrophe should the energy sector not begin to change now, which is precisely why wind never really disappeared after the Global Recession.
Furthermore, increasing numbers of US states and foreign countries are placing aggressive mandates onto their utility companies on percentiles of consumable renewable energy in the effort to restructure the power grid. We are now witnessing the rise in global demand for wind and solar energies due to these three shifts in energy production mentalities: private demand, ecological concern, and public policy. This, in turn, creates opportunities for new manufacturing ventures inside the US, where we have the largest concentration of untapped wind energy in the world.