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Windmills Generate Hope, Cash for Poor U.S. Rural Areas

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REDHOUSE, Md. -- John Roth stood on his 88-acre farm, looking up at the land he owns on the mountain ridge. He hopes that someday he will see a new crop that needs no fertilizer and renews itself -- windmills that generate electricity and,


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Past Member (0)
Monday September 11, 2006, 5:05 pm
Great article..We need much more of this...I just saw some windmills heading out(south) of Salt Lake City..they were really barely noticeable...Some people mind looking at them. I say who cares what they look like when we are doing NO damage to the earth, and they are helping us with clean energy, and keeping our earth unharmed. I support windmill technology wholeheartedly, and would like to see it in my area in Flagstaff, AZ.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 11, 2006, 6:00 pm
whats the chances of a poor country boy getting just one? Any gov grants? programs? I'll put tit together!!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 11, 2006, 6:00 pm
whats the chances of a poor country boy getting just one? Any gov grants? programs? I'll put tit together!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 13, 2006, 5:30 am
Windmills are even great for controlling COntrolled weather systems. Do some research on HAARP and Arecibo observatory, then look at a picture of the bermuda triangle. then do a search and find out Cuba has more then 8000 windmills. Then line up Arecibo, Cuba and New Orleans,,,the picture of the Bermuda triangle should already have the line for you.. and think can this be? has all the answers

Orlin Larsen (80)
Wednesday September 13, 2006, 9:43 am
hopefully these wind turbines will catch on and relieve some of the aches and pains of our earth and its atmosphere. there is one thing i must be missing. with a coalfired power plant with in eyes reach of this ridge, how can there be enviromental red tape enough to stop the project.

Erica Grim (0)
Friday September 15, 2006, 11:17 am
I agree with the windmills and if I lived in the country, I would want one on my property. I think they have an awesome powerful look to them and to think that they would be helping our environment makes them that much more awesome! (I would love one in town, too, but there's not much room on the property!!)

Arlene Medder (24)
Friday September 15, 2006, 12:36 pm
And anything that helps preserves those lovely WVa mountains while providing an income for the residents is a wonderful thing.

Annaelizabeth Wooten (10)
Friday September 15, 2006, 3:45 pm
Just find a way, to stop birds being urt, like high freqency sounds to keep them away. So birds are not killed, other than that it is a great thing.

Mark S (22)
Friday September 15, 2006, 7:17 pm
It makes FAR more sense to spend these green-energy dollars putting dilapidated hydro (water)-power sites throughout the US back on-line, w/ the addition of fish ladders. There are countless small hydro-friendly sites that will produce power 24 hours/day, 365 days a year. Try to beat THAT w/ ANY wind turbine (the correct term)! I believe windpower is viable in SOME areas of the country, but, though water power isn't as "sexy" as windpower (it seems), it has powered this country for generations & should be given priority status.

Heather Fair (60)
Friday September 15, 2006, 7:56 pm
I don't know why rural communities are so slow to adopt wind as a viable energy alternative. We have wind and plenty of it but instead the govt. would rather subsidize building power poles and maintaining miles of high tension lines across the state. I live on a solar system and want to add wind as soon as I can afford it. Makes sense, after all, we get wind when the sun isn't shining so much up here in Alaska, and vice versa. I would probably never have a power shortage then! Provided the costly inverter doesn't poop out on me! ;)

Brad Salkind (4)
Saturday September 16, 2006, 3:33 am
There was an ongoing fight over wether to allow a Windfarm off the coast to supply Cape Cod. Mass. The Republicans do not seem to want it (as its a local government project) Governor Mitt Romney has sought and seems to have found a way to block it, using the claim that it could possibly interfere with Radar (an obvious stall tactic). If an electric company was doing the financing - it would have been built already! And its for sure that "Corporate Lobby Money" would have greased the skids long ago.

Rhonda L (24)
Monday September 18, 2006, 5:50 am
I like what Mark S. had to say cuz he points out that wind turbines aren't the "best" solution in "all" locations & that hydro-power is also a great source of energy that isn't being used to it's fullest potential. Just as that is true, it's also important to keep in mind though that sometimes hydro-power is not always the best choice either. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no single "best" answer. Different situations, locations, for different technologies. Utilizing wind power is wonderful but not everwhere. One of the problems with it IS the threat to birds just as Annaelizabeth Wooten points out so some locations are a horrible choice for wind turbines. And with hydro-power fish ladders aren't always appropriate as the level of interference sometimes outweighs the benefit. All green energy solutions must be looked at & all factors considered so that each is utilized in the locations that they are best suited for.

Mark S (22)
Monday September 18, 2006, 4:58 pm
Well put, Rhonda! We must all be vigilant in explaining to those less informed that the 4 main renewable sources of energy for the typical household are: solar, wind, water & Wood. Each home's potential for all 4 vary widely. Though solar is by far the most universally available, wind turbines on hilltops/ ridges& towers are viable often only as a supplemental source, though wind-swept areas might allow it to be a primary source. Water-power, whether from a neighborhood river dam or backyard tier is often superior for reliability & as a constant source. Solar can be P.V. (electricity) or thermal; either active (pumps) or passive (greenhouse/ sunroom). Wood is well suited for heat, cooking & curing, etc.
Often people get tied up with a romantic notion of windpower only to find their ~1Kw turbine performs dissappointingly over a year's use. That same household would get FAR more power out of a 0.1 kW (100watt) microhydro generator set up in a low point of a yr-round stream & fed by a 3-4" delivery pipe from a high point at the top of a 2'11" tier (no Army Corps approval ;) some distance away. These units are avail off-the-shelf from sources on the West coast (ie: OR), found in mag's like Home Power (c) Magazine.
I believe windpower is a wonderful thing- IF it's sited correctly, such as that CA ridge run by PG&E &, likely, this farmer's ridge in Maryland. But to put dozens+ of expensive stainless towers out in shipping channels in the bay off Cape Cod? Who wants to hire divers every time a connection goes loose? (& it will) or a boat hits a tower? (& it WILL). Add hurricanes + salt corrosion & it would be a financial DISASTER!! Sorry, folks but I'm speaking from experience- working w/ Natural Power (prev. of New Boston NH) & my own exploits along the Maine & NH coast. Yes, land on the Cape IS pricey, but sickin' em off-shore will be a "boondoggle".
There are ALREADY sites going begging for water turbines throughout New England due to all the previous dams & waterfalls created by farmers & mill builders alike. Lets' upgrade a few w/ hi-tech, hi-reliability generators!. Tie 'em into the grid, run a co-op neighborhood or just run a house! I got by just FINE w/ a 0.05 Kw (50 watt) source for several YEARS, & I had Color TV, computers, seperate refrig/freezer ($199),
bunches of lights (only 2 or 3 on at a time), even power tools & tablesaw. It's not how BIG or how's how you USE it!! ;)~ Many Americans need to grow up a bit. Mark S. CET Sr. (BSME 1980)

Larry S (645)
Tuesday September 19, 2006, 10:04 pm
Rhonda points out some very important issues. Personally I feel we need to pursue renewable alternative energy. I've heard hydrogen might be a good one. Hemp would be great for farmers who sometimes still are told by the gov'ment to not grow in their fields, (which doesn't make sense to me), plus it has all kinds of uses. But, we do have to start somewhere, soon. Everyday fossil fuels are burned is another day wasted and we've wasted enough already.

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Past Member (0)
Monday May 18, 2015, 11:41 pm
Despite substantial subsidies, wind power in the US only produces a little over 2% of the total electricity in the US. If we plan on taking serious action to reduce emissions and fight climate change, then we need something much more substantial.
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