Kern County, CA, announced wind capital of the world
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has created a database mapping all 57,636 of America’s wind turbines.
The database shows that Kern County, California, has the US’s highest population of turbines at 4,581.
This not only ranks the county as the highest in the US but places it as the highest turbine density in the world.
Kern County has a total wind power capacity of 4GW and more turbines than the entire northeast of America.
Most of the turbines in the county are situated near the Tehachapi Pass, where are in funnelled through mountains to create an average win speed of 20mph.
The second and third highest counties in the US for turbine density are also located in the state of California.
Riverside and Alameda have 2,373 and 1,430 wind turbines respectively. Nolan County in Texas ranks fourth with 1,374 turbines, and Gilliam County in Oregon places fifth with 679 turbines.
There are 2,501 counties in the US which rank jointly last, having zero wind farms.
The USGS generated the database in partnership with the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the American Wind Energy Association, with all institutions merging their data.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.