Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Wind Farm

Proposed wind farm draws praise:
Ford County will be home to the third-largest wind farm in Kansas under a plan announced this week.

Kansas City Power & Light, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy, said enXco Inc., based in Palm Springs, Calif., has been selected to build the 100.5-megawatt facility north of Spearville.

Spearville is northeast of Dodge City.

The $160 million facility, KCP&L's first wind-powered generation project, is scheduled to be in service by October 2006. Consisting of 67 turbines spread over 5,000 acres, the wind farm will be capable of providing electricity for 33,000 homes.
The Sierra Club and Audubon Society are on board.

Facilities like this are the future of energy. A mix of renewable energy sources can reduce our reliance on foreign energy suppliers (like Iran) and slow the progress of global climate change. Technology that we develop for that purpose domestically can leap-frog developing nations over a reliance on polluting technologies, giving us a market and further protecting the environment.

Kansas is capable of producing surplus electricity, meaning we can generate revenue to put toward our children, our elderly, our roads, and all based on wind, which we have too much of and we get it free.

Win-win.

Something in the Air” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from the album Greatest Hits (1993, 3:18).