VMarcHart wrote:The cornucopian at work.
And then let's install wind generators along the 46,876 miles of interstate roads. Fifteen generators per mile using both shoulders and the medium of the interstate, 703,140 generators, each at 3 megawatts, that's 2.1 gigawatts. Enough to power every fat food restaurant and every 60-inch plasma TV in America.
And then let's curral sheep and goats to mow the grass along the interstates, collect the manure and power distributed biomass power plants every 50 miles. Again, enough to power every HVAC unit in America to ensure no home gets colder than 69F or hotter than 72F.
2.1 terawatts, using normal math.
Operating at 33% of nameplate capacity would produce ~6.1 petawatt-hours. Which is 52% more than the total 4.157 petawatt-hours (electric) the US uses (EIA-2007). No sheep needed.