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Surprise! US Leads World in Wind Energy Production

Due to our land area advantage, strong winds, and newer, more efficient turbines, the US has overtaken Germany as the world’s largest producer of wind energy in terms of megawatts produced. This is a great step in the right direction, and being the world-leader in wind energy production could do a (very) little damage control for the US’s energy-hog image around the world.

Germany has the capacity to produce up to 23,000 megawatts of power. The US only has a capacity of 18,000 megawatts. However, the strong winds across our landscape (especially Texas) make our fewer wind turbines more productive. Also, Germany’s wind energy also accounts for 7% of the country’s total energy usage, while our wind energy only accounts for 1.2%. Denmark, by comparison, gets 20% of its power from wind.

So we still have room for improvement, especially in the area of power transmission. It would be shame to generate the world’s most wind energy, only to lose more than half of it to inefficiencies in transmission.

Get Ready, Get Resilient

Are you resilient? How about we put your answer to the test, literally. Now, we know that assessment is always an important, albeit imperfect, subjective, and incomplete tool. In order to understand one’s skill in living a resilient lifestyle, Ben Falk, author of the award-winning The Resilient Farm and Homestead, developed the following assessment tool. […] Read More

Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future. Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food. Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our […] Read More
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