It is a sad irony of the times that in an issue where we bring a major article concluding that the future for wind has never seemed brighter, we also bring calamitous news from the United States. The country's two major wind development companies are hovering on the brink of collapse, while operators are abandoning their wind farms in California. Seeing aside from the irony, though, the fact that these reports are published in the same issue could be regarded as fortuitous. It is vital that the wind movement does not allow the politically-wrought depression of the US market to be taken as a sign that wind power is a commercial flop. As David Milborrow's analysis of current trends reveals, wind energy now makes more sense than ever before.