June 7, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

Wind sweeping down the plain? Use it. (Monitor's Editorial Board JUNE 7, 2016, CS Monitor)

The state leads the nation in the percentage of its electrical power produced by the wind, some 31 percent. It generates more than 6,000 megawatts from these turbines (enough to supply nearly 1.5 million homes), making it the nation's No. 2 wind-generating state behind Texas.

And more is on the way. A proposed $3.6 billion project by a single private utility aims to build 1,000 more turbines that would help to pump wind energy up to 40 percent of the state's electrical needs. A report from the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation goes even further, saying that by 2030 wind could produce 100 percent of the state's electricity and still have enough left over to supply surrounding states.

Posted by at June 7, 2016 6:25 PM

  

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