Sunday, November 06, 2005

Well wha'dy'a know


From the Associated Press:

DALLAS - Wind turbines supplying energy to homes and businesses will one day line Texas' 376-mile coastline if the state's Land Office Commissioner has his way. The turbines will stand about 10 miles offshore, enough to preserve the treasured view but close enough to make coastal wind power an affordable energy alternative still missing in the United States, Commissioner Jerry Patterson said. Last month, the office announced a deal with a Louisiana contractor to build 50 turbines designed to power about 40,000 homes.

That, and a great statement the other day from AWEA:

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) stated today in its Third Quarter Market Report that the U.S. wind energy industry will install about 2,500 megawatts (MW) of new wind power this year, a record amount that will help lower skyrocketing home heating and electric bills by reducing the demand for natural gas. Wind energy projects also bring new jobs, rural economic development, and tax revenues to cash-strapped states without creating any of the harmful side-effects associated with conventional power generation.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they hurricane safe?

11/28/2005 4:58 AM  
Blogger LuceLu said...

My dh just helped install a bunch of these last Fall in upstate NY (really upstate close to Lowville/Adirondak region). They will be putting up more this coming Spring--I think about 100. That area has severe weather--part of the snow belt with high winds. It is increasingly more and more expensive to live in upstate NY with the high energy costs and many companies move out due to that reason (along with high taxes). Yet the National Grid rates climb and climb.

1/04/2006 2:53 AM  

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