This man is well known in US. Fantastic to see him taking the lead in alternative energy plans, when he made his fortune in oil. Worth watching videos.
"America is in a hole and it's getting deeper every day. We import 70% of our oil at a cost of $700 billion a year - four times the annual cost of the Iraq war. I've been an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can't drill our way out of. But if we create a new renewable energy network, we can break our addiction to foreign oil. On January 20, 2009, a new President gets sworn in. If we're organized, we can convince Congress to make major changes towards cleaner, cheaper and domestic energy resources. To get this done, I need your help. Check out the plan. If you think it's worth fighting for, please join our effort."
"America is in a hole and it's getting deeper every day. We import 70% of our oil at a cost of $700 billion a year - four times the annual cost of the Iraq war.
I've been an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can't drill our way out of. But if we create a new renewable energy network, we can break our addiction to foreign oil.
On January 20, 2009, a new President gets sworn in. If we're organized, we can convince Congress to make major changes towards cleaner, cheaper and domestic energy resources.
To get this done, I need your help. Check out the plan. If you think it's worth fighting for, please join our effort."
His idea is simple.. Put up wind towers over ten years to generate 20% of US power needs. This would replace natural gas, and that could be used to fuel vehicles and homes. US government studies have proven it can be done, with minimal effort.
This would save the US over 300 BILLION per year on foreign oil, without drilling for another drop of oil. It would also generate thousands and thousands of jobs in the Midwest, where small towns are dying on the vine.
In one pilot community, Sweetwater Texas, it is now thriving where it once was dying, due to wind power alone.. It has installed over 400 Mega Watts of power, and is now exporting and selling that FREE power to other cities nationwide.
Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world's energy needs for a full year.
Tapping just a small portion of this solar energy could provide all of the electricity America uses.
And enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of US electricity demand.
Geothermal energy, similarly, is capable of providing enormous supplies of electricity for America. The quickest, cheapest and best way to start using all this renewable energy is in the production of electricity.
In fact, we can start right now using solar power, wind power and geothermal power to make electricity for our homes and businesses.
But to make this exciting potential a reality, and truly solve our nation's problems, we need a new start. That's why I'm proposing today a strategic initiative designed to free us from the crises that are holding us down and to regain control of our own destiny.
It's not the only thing we need to do. But this strategic challenge is the lynchpin of a bold new strategy needed to re-power America.
Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.
Quote from Al Gores challenge speech.
It is more widespread than just Sweetwater. Those windfarms are cropping up all over west and northwest Texas. They make perfect sense in this part of the country. Of course they are also drilling in huge pockets of natural gas in the Ft. Worth area too, so 3 steps forward 2 steps back.
This is info just released:
The PUC selected Scenario 2, estimated to cost $4.93 billion. The regulatory body expects that the new lines will be in service within four or five years.
“This project will almost put Texas ahead of Germany in installed wind,” Greg Wortham, executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium, told The New York Times.
The state’s grid overseer, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), had in April 2008 filed a 115-page transmission study detailing four possible scenarios in response to a PUC order.
The four scenarios assumed 12,053, 18,456, 24,859, and 24,419 MW of installed wind generation distributed among five Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZs) in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle.
I don't know about other states, but in Texas TSTC (Texas State Technical Colleges) offer scholarships to people interested in being wind farm technicians. Free job training in a booming field is not a bad deal.
In the northern Philippines, there is a series of 15 windmills straddling 3 km of shore line in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. According to the company who put them up the windmills can produce as much as 74,482 megawatt hours per year. Read more about it on:
The new Bahrain World Trade Center includes the first large scale wind powered skyscraper. It will provide a good chunk of the total power needed by the skyscraper.
the skyscraper funnels wind in between two towers, with rails in between them. The wind generators are mounted in three levels on these rails.. I watched the generators being attached and the wind rotors being raised.. wow, incredible achievement by the Danish crew putting them in.
Just one of these large wind generators puts out 400 Megawatts. Click on this linkto see up close pictures of the wind power construction...
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Wind energy has a formidable place in the field of alternative energy but critics always worry about the preservation of bio-diversity and farm birds. It is always a priority for the wind energy producers to keep in mind the comforts of the human and bird population. When plans were announced that UK will built the tallest wind turbines in the country the Npower Renewables tried to tackle the issue of biodiversity to alley the fears of environmentalists. Though they propose a plan of placing 65 turbines on nearly 5,000 acres (2,000ha) of hillside near Llanbrynmair in Powys they are tackling the issue of ecosystem too. Each turbine would be 137m (449ft) high.
As part of the project Npower is funding a major habitat restoration project in the area. “Npower renewables is proud to be pioneering the first habitat restoration proposal of this size in Wales in conjunction with the wind farm, and believes the scheme presents significant benefits for both the local and global environment,” added Mr Hain, the project manager.
Mr. Jacob Hain, said the scheme had the potential to “greatly contribute to the growing need for renewable energy”, while at the same time securing the future of the bird population and preventing further “deterioration of the peat lands”.
The turbines at Carnedd Wen will have the capability to produce between 130 and 195 megawatts and, provide the electricity needs of between 63,000 and 94,500 homes annually. They are planning to redevelop a site in in Llandinam, Powys, for 42, 122m (400ft) machines in May.
Mariah Power, a wind technology company, is opening its first high-volume windturbine (Windspire) manufacturing facility in Manistee, Michigan. The facility will bring more than 120 jobs to Manistee over the next three years. Manufacturing will take place in a retrofitted auto parts automation manufacturing facility and will employ former auto industry workers who have prior experience working with steel, building auto assembly lines and auto robotics.
A grand opening celebration will be held at the Manistee facility on April 20th. Festivities include plant tours, scheduled remarks from Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm, and free community celebration with food and music.
Michigan's jobless rate has been progressively increasing over the past few months, with the current unemployment rate at 12.6 percent. Much of the state’s unemployment is due to the failing auto industry. The opening of the wind turbine manufacturing facility is a positive turnaround for Michigan's economy. As part of Michigan’s Green Jobs Initiative, the state is increasing its efforts to move Michigan into the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries. Through increased partnerships with employers such as Mariah Power, and other economic development partners, the state is positioning itself to lead the country. The Manistee wind turbine facility is reported to begin operations with 30 new employees and will produce 100 wind turbines per month with the number potentially growing to 1,000 wind turbines per month. Materials for the turbines, such as steel and aluminum, will also be supplied by local Michigan companies.
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