Global wind power capacity up 29 percent in 2008 -United States surpassed Germany as the world's leading wind power generator -Wind provides 1.5 percent of the world's energy demand, up from 0.1 percent in 1997. -U.S. wind capacity increased by 50 percent to 25,170 MW, or 21 percent of world capacity. This is excellent news on the global energy front. Next stop: 5% of global energy supply from wind. That is a pretty reasonable goal I think, although the investment will be significant. The global slump in energy demand/prices also means that funding new wind projects is not attractive right now. 5% global energy demand from wind within a decade seems feasible. In 2008, Scientific American proposed a $400 billion plan to supply 35% of America's energy needs from solar power by 2050. Frankly, $400 billion sounds like peanuts right about now relative to other current Federal spending, but it would be money well spent. Add a comprehensive wind program to that for a similar amount of money, and the U.S. would be well on its way to total energy independence.