On this day in 1934, John Dillinger was shot and killed outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, as federal agents tried to arrest him. Dillinger pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot four times. He was 31 years old. During his criminal career, Dillinger and his gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations, and Dillinger escaped from jail twice. He served as the impetus for the creation of the FBI.
As of September 2012, the European Union has passed the milestone of 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
100 GW of wind energy can generate enough electricity per annum to meet the total consumption of 57 million households.
In terms of coal fired powerplants, this is the equivalent of mining transporting and burning 72 million tonnes of coal at a cost of €4,983 million, and emissions of 219.5 Mt of CO2, (Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA)
It was a slow start for the wind energy sector in Europe, taking some 20 years to connect the first 10GW grid, but it only took 13 to add the additional 90GW with half of the wind power capacity being installed in the last six years.
Wind power has had a substantial impact on Europe’s energy security, environment and has led to the development of many new jobs.
However, this is only a fraction of what is possible in terms of Europe’s wind power generation capabilities – so we will hopefully have much more to look forward to in the future.
For more information see the EWEA website, here: http://www.ewea.org/