Wind Power: Fastest Growing Energy Source in the U.S.?

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:31 PM
August 5, 2011

 While Congress dithers on debt deals, Stock Markets around the world sink, horrible famine continues to triumph in Somalia, and wars spiral unending in the Middle East, now is the time for some better news.  This good news Friday celebrates Wind Energy Power in the United States.  As wind power takes hold in this country it is:  Providing additional income for farmers and other land holders; Reducing dependence upon fossil fuels; and Adding tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.  And, perhaps the best good news––all of this is taking place “under the radar,” away from public glare that would allow opportunist politicians to jump in and demand “cuts in spending.”

 According to Wikipedia:  “As of the first quarter of 2011, the cumulative installed capacity of wind power in the United States was 41,400 megawatts (MW), making it second in the world behind China.”  They also report that this surge in wind projects “boost local tax bases, and revitalize the economy of rural communities . . . .”  This year, there are over 5,600 wind power projects under construction in this country.  Here are just a few examples:

     Google invested $ 100 million dollars to work with General Electric and two Japanese companies in building a massive wind farm in Oregon that will produce 845 megawatts.  That is enough energy for 235,000 homes, while cutting down about 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere.  To be completed next year, the farm’s energy will be sold to Southern California.

 Also in Ohio, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) will build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes, a $ 100 million dollar project that will produce 20 megawatts by 2013.  LEEDCo hopes that this is the start of a wind power supply chain around the Great Lakes region.

 Thinking ahead, Kansas leadership passed a Renewable Energy Standard demanding that 20 percent of the state’s energy must come from renewable sources in the next nine years.  The 2009 legislation also included up to $ 5 million in bond financing for approved projects, as well as elimination of property taxes on new business machinery equipment, income tax credits, sales tax exemptions, and new Wind Energy Technician college training with generous financial aid support.

 In Massachusetts, Interior Department Secretary, Ken Salazar announced the Cape Wind Energy Project Nantucket Sound.  According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the project will include: “130 3.6± megawatt wind turbine generators, . . . to be arranged in a grid pattern offshore Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island.  Numerous Bible prophecies in Proverbs demand of leaders:  “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (4: 7).”  Let us thank God for leaders who avoid dirty politics and use wisdom to do their jobs.

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