Have you seen the size of those blades?
Traveling through Robertson County I saw a site I think you would enjoy seeing!! Wind Turbine Blades parked on the rail road tracks just north of Hearne. If you have never seen one of these in person here is a picture that may give you an idea of the immense size of these wondrous machines.
Living in the Brazos Valley in College Station, I never get to see these gigantic machines, but if you live in West Texas, it is just a part of the horizon. I found this video, take a look!
Texas A&M University and Wind Power
Did you know that our home town university has a large influence on green energy? West Texas A&M University, part of the Texas A&M University Systems in College Station, is located in the city of Canyon in west Texas. It is the first University in Texas to start wind energy research. The research began in 1970 and led to the formation of the AEI (Alternative Energy Institute) in 1977.
West Texas is one of the best sites on the planet for wind farms. It is the largest supplier in the US followed by Iowa. 6.9% of the electricity in Texas during 2011 was generated by the use of wind turbines. There are 5 large wind farms in Texas that combined produce over 2900MegaWatts of electricity. That is enough energy to power more than 920,000 average Texas homes.
Transporting huge turbine blades on the rail!
Wind Power Benefits (www.whywind.org)
- It Provides Sustainable Income: Local Farmers receive substantial Royalty Income for hosting wind turbines on their property
- It Contributes to Local Taxes: Municipality receives both Municipal and School taxes from the Wind Project
- It Creates Jobs: Permanent full-time jobs are created in the community from the wind project
- It Provides Opportunities: Jobs are created and money is spent locally to procure material and services during construction
- It Boosts Local Economy: Annual local expenditure is undertaken during operation and maintenance
- It Improves Infrastructure: Local Infrastructure like Roads, Power, Transportation etc. is upgraded and improved
- It is Clean Power: Wind Power displaces the need to ramp up coal, oil and gas powered generation thus improving air quality and reducing green house gases
- It is Affordable: It saves money for ratepayers by offsetting oil, gas fired generation and expensive power imports.
- It Spurs Economic Growth: Created jobs regionally and nationaly in steel, composite, manufacturing, and power devices
- It Encourages Tourism: Encourages eco-tourism and promotes local hospitality enterprises like bed and breakfast, tours etc.
- It is Abundant & Reliable: Diversifies regional power sources, local economy, and enhances sustainability.
- It Contributes to Community Funding: It Contributes and Sponsors Local Community Initiatives
- It is Compatible with Agriculture: Wind Power has a smaller footprints, can be build in modular increments, can be easily decommissioned, and provides the best guarantee of preserving natural rural landscape
- It Works: Currently Denmark gets 21% of its power from wind, Ontario is planning to achieve a 10% target of its power from wind.
- It is Popular: Majority of surveys undertaken to date show almost 84% support for wind power. Wind is growing annually 30-35% around the World
- It Reduces Power Losses: Distributed generation like wind projects near point of consumption help reduce transmission losses. As found in a study done for Hydro One networks by Navigant Consulting in June 2005, and title “Avoided Cost Analysis for the Evaluation of CDM Measures”
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Electricity is a great way to go green and save money. Here are some tips that will help you save money by using less electricity.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
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