David Ward has posted some really cool videos about wind advances on the American Wind Energy Association’s Into the Wind blog this week.
First, Siemens produced a quickie a few days ago called the “Sounds of Wind.” In December 2013, the company announced its largest onshore wind power order to date. It will supply 448 wind turbines in Iowa that will generate power for around 317,000 Iowan households. Start listening to the video, and you’ll begin to recognize the song that the wind and Siemens turbines are playing over images of Iowa, the #1 state in the nation for wind power. Clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy supplies the state with over a quarter (27%) of its electricity as well as thousands of new jobs. More stats on wind advances in the video and the AWEA website.
The second video is actually a playlist trio. It links the views of a small 12-year wind energy contractor with thank-you messages from AWEA about Iowa’s bipartisan wind advances, made possible by Republican wind hero Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley. Part three sees wind power in Colorado through another local contractor’s eyes, with thanks to Sen. Mark Udall, the incumbent in a tight race there this fall. These are also available on YouTube. Ward also links to a few other new wind spots.
And don’t forget the conclusion of a Department of Energy report earlier this year. It showed that consumers in the states that use the most wind energy have done much better over five years than consumers in states that use less wind energy. People in the top wind energy–producing states (Texas, Wyoming, Oregon, Oklahoma, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa) have seen their electricity prices actually decrease over the last five years, while all other states have seen electricity prices zoom upward by almost 8%.
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