How much dedicated acreage would the US need to allocate to wind turbines to power the US? That is the question the science news magazine IFLScience! posed to John Hensley, manager of industry data analysis for the American Wind Energy Association in a recent article. Shockingly, the amount of acreage is much smaller then most people would think. Mr Hensley worked the math and the United States would need approximately 583,000 wind turbines to supply the US’s annual power consumption of 4.082 billion megawatt-hours. The amount of acreage needed for these wind turbines would be an area roughly about the size of Rhode Island based on the 0.74 acres per megawatt produced.
If we bring that idea closer to home, a great conversation for Transition Bluffton would be how much acreage could Bluffton dedicate to renewable energy? What is Bluffton’s annual power consumption and what would be the benefits of being a town powered by renewable energy?