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It was sad to see her go, but I consider it more like planting an eco correspondent in the Southwest to give me green updates about mountain living. She's already sent over beautiful photos of the wind turbines she spotted while on the road.
Here are some wind energy facts, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). If you remember, I ATTENDED THEIR CONFERENCE LAST YEAR.
- For every megawatt (MW) of wind energy produced, $1 million in economic development is generated. This includes revenue from planning, construction, etc.
- Potential for growth: Development of just 10% of 10 of the windiest states could provide more than enough energy to displace emissions from coal-fired power plants.
- Supplemental income: It is estimated that the income to a landowner from a single utility-scale turbine is approximately $2000 per year. For a 250-acre farm with income from wind at $55 per acre, this translates into an annual income from wind leases of $14,000, with no more than 2-3 acres removed from production.
As you may know, the government recently approved the FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN THE UNITED STATES. It took nine years of regulatory review, but the decision is a landmark victory for the wind energy industry and could help Chicago-area interest groups gain momentum for their proposals to BUILD A SIMILAR WIND FARM OFF LAKE MICHIGAN.
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