Tag Archive: wind power

Sep 14

Mark Svengold: “Wind-Power Politics”

This great in-depth look at offshore wind power in the NYTimes Magazine (Sept. 14) tells the story of Bluewater Wind, the company that is building a huge offshore windfarm in/for Delaware. The story is told against the larger context of the quickly evolving world of wind power, with a focus on the political forces at …

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Aug 12

NPR: “Missouri Town is Running on Vapor — and Thriving”

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Nice NPR radio story from Frank Morris at KCUR (in my hometown of KC) about Rock Port, a small town (pop. 1,300) in northwest Missouri that is the first U.S. community to be powered completely by wind. There’s a written summary, but I recommend listening to the audio, which provides more details and atmosphere — …

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Aug 10

David Biello: “China’s Big Push for Renewable Energy”

Scientific American offers an overview of renewable energy in China in an August 4 article by David Biello. Highlights: There are 158 wind farms in China — which sounds impressive, until you know that wind power supplied just 0.6 percent of the country’s power in 2007 (which is on par with America). China’s current plan …

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Aug 07

Dan Barry: “This Land — In the Hills of Nebraska, Change is on the Horizon”

In the August 4 NYTimes, Dan Barry’s “This Land” column paints a picture of the crop of wind turbines in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Here’s a taste: Though painted gray, the turbines stand out against the evening backdrop of battleship-colored thunderclouds and bear an almost celestial whiteness when day’s light is right. Airplane pilots can spot them …

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Aug 07

Elizabeth Kolbert: “Island in the Wind”

Great article by Elizabeth Kolbert in the July 7 New Yorker about a small Danish community that has embraced wind power and other alternate sources of energy. Here’s a taste: For the past decade or so, Samsø has been the site of an unlikely social movement. When it began, in the late nineteen-nineties, the island’s …

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