Windy Wednesday


2 out of 3 cows prefer wind energy to fence energy.

The Iowa Utility Board has approved a $3 bn. MidAmerica wind farm project which will be the country’s largest, due to come on line in 2019, and which will generate enough electricity to power 800,000 homes! I looked this up, and there are only about 1.2 million households in Iowa! This one project could power 2/3s of the state’s homes! Of course, you still have commercial uses of power, and then the transportation sector includes 4.3 million registered vehicles, which are almost all fueled by carbon-emitting petroleum. But still, you have to wonder if Iowa will be the first 100% green energy state. (Iowa has the advantage of being a midwest wind corridor; some other areas of the country, like the Deep South, are much less well endowed in this regard– though they have loads of sunlight that they are wasting for lack of solar panels). Already, 31% of Iowa’s electricity is from wind.

Xcel Energy in Colorado and several partners, including the Danish firm Vestas Wind Systems, are planning a $1 bn. wind farm complex that would power 600,000 homes. About ten percent of those funds will be spent on new transmission lines to bring the electricity to Denver and Boulder where it is most needed. Colorado has about 2 million households, so this wind farm would power nearly a third of them.



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15 Responses to Windy Wednesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Juan Cole is naive about electric power.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    The Donald is closing in…


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 11 minutes to the Hillside Cafe today.


    • David B. Benson says:

      From Sloan to the community gardens and return provides a daily total of 46 minutes. Cloudy, no birds.

      Day 4: 341+46=387 minutes.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Salmon for lunch and blackened salmon for supper. Living like a Salish.


  5. º¿carol says:

    My email address when I write something here had two extra letters before the RamCam. Sheesh. I fixed it.


  6. º¿carol says:

    I neglected to mow, and I really needed to. 😦 Will do it tomorrow. Quincy always wants a morning walk after I get up and the dew is heavy, and hell when the lawns aren’t mowed short. I tuck my pant legs into my socks, but my shoes get so wet my feet end up damp inside my shoes. Need to keep the grass cut!


  7. º¿carol says:

    The media has been hard at work helping Trump. Right now while typing this I took a peek at my Google News home page to see what the top headlines are. Yup, Trump being helped yet again. The headline says, “How Trump Could Win the Debate.” Stuff and nonsense and designed to make the idiots think Trump will excel when he clearly can NOT excel and WIN the debate. Ha!


  8. Den says:

    Should be selling used cars to the bumpkins instead of bullshit to us.

    Desperate for change, the sloven masses rally behind the bullshit rather than common sense, bad for the not-so-easily-led, like a ball and chain for the change needed to move forward in a meaningful (sensible) manner.

    Anti-cosmic Political Ugliness


  9. Den says:

    When asked his opinion of Trump, Jon Stuart said this:


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