White House Energy Budget Good for Renewables, Rural Wind

The 2013 Energy Budget requested by the White House gets many things right, including a focus on making wind energy more cost-competitive. 

The big piece of the plan is an ambitious goal: by 2035, 80% of our electricity must come from low-carbon sources like wind, solar, and natural gas. Establishing (and enforcing) a Clean Energy Standard has been long coming, and will radically alter the United State’s energy portfolio.

What does this mean for rural residents?

Utilities would rather see their customers use less electricity, than have to pay extra for cleaner energy sources. So, expect rebates and promotions on CFL bulbs, programmable thermostats, and other easily-implementable energy-efficiency practices.

The White House has also earmarked $95 Million for research into wind technology, which will help researchers and producers find improved, more economical ways to harness the wind’s power.

This will drive down the price of wind energy. Peak-wind electricity is already cheaper than coal-produced energy, and advancements in wind-technology will heighten its potential to usurp king coal.

Cheaper wind power is good news for rural communities. It lowers the barrier-of-entry for developers, and will allow more rural areas to tap into their wind resources.

The government’s commitment to renewable energy highlights the inevitability of wind-power--it’s coming.

You can feel it in the air.