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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.

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

Prepare! Keep a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit Handy

Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More

A Bloggin’ We Shall Go: Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2016

Ah, 2016 – where did the time fly? It seems like only earlier this year we were excited about designing swales and getting to know more about no-till farming, and we ended up focusing on the heart, ketogenic diets and seeking a bio-abundant future. While the top 7 blog posts of the year don’t exactly […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More