WIND BEATS ELECTRICITY
Netherlands had initially aimed for 2018 to switch to completely using only renewable wind energy to power it’s trains. As of January this year, Netherlands is using only renewable wind energy to power at least all its electric trains. This is a major step taken by the nation towards sustainable development.
According to the data given by the DutchNews.nl, there are in total 2,200 wind turbines in Netherlands and these colossal windmills are sufficient to generate enough power that can support as many as 2.4 million houses. A single train consumes about 1.2 billion kWh of electricity each year, which is equivalent to the consumption of electricity by an average household in Amsterdam. This made way for the theories that windmills could power the country’s public trains and led to the formulation of this amazing scheme.
In order to accomplish this goal, the Dutch government joined hands with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in Netherlands. Michhel Kerkhof from Eneco says,
“What makes this contract and partnership unique is that a whole sector decreases its CO2 footprint enormously and sets an example for other sectors to follow.”
SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS
Wind energy is rapidly taking over in the Netherlands and making it head towards being a country with eco-friendly transportation. The country has set examples which have made other nations increase their renewable energy production.
Last year in August, Scotland reported that its wind farms were capable of producing 106 percent of the energy needed by the country. Scotland has also declared about its ground-breaking plan according to which it will become 100 percent zero-carbon by 2020. The nation is also investing in the tidal power generation in order to achieve their goals.
The United States is also aiming towards sustainable development by making strides in wind power generation. According to the reports of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) in 2015, the country possessed more than 48,800 turbines that made way for a total installed wind capacity of 73,9992 MW. The country has enormous turbines but the energy demand of such a large nation suggests that these turbines are not enough to sustain the energy needs of the country.
We are in the midst of a global change. We need a revolution and we need it now. Inspite of the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, United States is taking part in this clean energy revolution and forging forward towards a better future like most other nations.
Studies indicate that if the nations keep the momentum going, larger countries could be completely powered by renewable energy by 2050.