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Sibelius, Ahmadinejad, and Kansan Wind Power
Posted By admin On July 3, 2008 @ 4:51 pm In Building & Energy,Renewable Energy | No Comments
Ferrell is one of the fathers of Kansas wind farming. He ran through three different developers before getting the operation going on his land. There was stiff opposition to wind farming in the Flint Hills from preservationists concerned about marring the landscape and from politicians tied to the coal industry, but, finally, Ferrell had his way. He now travels the state as an evangelist. “He has been a great spokesman for wind in Kansas,” says Mark Lawlor, project manager in the state for Horizon Wind Energy, a wind farm developer. “He has lived off the land, and he’s found something new he can tap into.” For centuries, the wind has been the enemy of the farmer. It blows away soil, dries out crops, and the howling makes some people crazy. So it’s a twist of fate that wind is now emerging as an ally. Some call the vast American prairie the Saudi Arabia of wind, capable of producing enough electricity to meet the entire country’s needs—assuming there’s the will to harness it.As the article points out, Kansas is becoming a major battleground in the war for wind energy. And it seems, for the moment and thanks in large part to Sibelius, like wind is is winning. Farmers all across the state are investigating the economic opportunities of installing wind turbines on their land. Over a dozen new projects for wind farms are on the table. Wind developers now see Kansas as a open for business and are flocking to the state. It’s possible that Kansas wind production—which is currently only one-tenth the level of Texas, which has lighter wind—could double within the next five years. Here’s hoping.
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