“Believe in the Wind – The Rapid Growth of Wind Power in the World”
Host: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s Nordic Business Council
Guest Speaker: Henry
Tilghman, VP Government-to-Government Relations, Vestas-North
The growth of wind
power is truly global. Vestas-North
America moved their headquarters from
Vestas now has
10,144 wind turbines in the
After many years to gain recognition, wind power is now competitive with oil, coal, and natural gas as a mainstream energy resource. The major attractive traits of wind power are: (1) Competitive with other energy resources. (2) Independent. (3) Energy security. (4) Predictable. (5) Fast to produce. (6) Clean non-polluting source. (7) Creates jobs.
In 2002, Vestas was producing 2600 MW of wind power. In 2008, capacity rose to 5580 MW. Vestas has installed 38,000 wind turbines in 65 countries (or 1/3 of the world’s wind turbines). The operation of all the Vestas wind turbines is estimated to reduce 40 millions tons of carbon dioxide per year and may help in the fight against global warming. Each turbine has a 25-30 year life expectancy. It takes one technician to service about seven wind turbines.
potential for wind power in North America is the interior of the Pacific
Northwest and most of the
Mr. Tilghman was a former BPA staffer and hired by Vestas one year ago. Martha Wyrsch is the new President of Vestas-North America.
Note-taker: Kyle Dittmer, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish