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KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 09:27 PM
Rock Port, Missouri, First 100 Percent Wind-powered Community In U.S.

ScienceDaily (July 16, 2008) ó Rock Port Missouri, with a population of just over 1,300 residents, has announced that it is the first 100% wind powered community in the United States. Four wind turbines supply all the electricity for the small town.

Rock Portís 100% wind power status is due to four wind turbines located on agricultural lands within the city limits of Rock Port (Atchison County). The city of Rock Port uses approximately 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year. It is predicted that these four turbines will produce 16 million kilowatt hours each year.

Excess wind generated electricity not used by Rock Port homes and businesses is expected to be move onto the transmission lines to be purchased by the Missouri Joint Municipal Utilities for use in other areas.

University of Missouri Extension specialists say that there are excellent opportunities for sustainable wind power in northwest Missouri.

There are currently 24 wind turbines in Atchison County, 24 in Nodaway County and 27 in Gentry County. MU Extension specialists say the wind farms will bring in more than $1.1 million annually in county real estate taxes, to be paid by Wind Capital Group, a wind energy developer based in St. Louis.

"This is a unique situation because in rural areas it is quite uncommon to have this increase in taxation revenues," said Jerry Baker, MU Extension community development specialist.

The alternative-energy source also benefits landowners, who can make anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 leasing part of their property for wind turbines.

Other wind energy companies are looking at possible sites in northwest Missouri, Baker said.

A map published by the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that northwest Missouri has the state's highest concentration of wind resources and contains a number of locations potentially suitable for utility-scale wind development.

"We're farming the wind, which is something that we have up here," Crawford said. "The payback on a per-acre basis is generally quite good when compared to a lot of other crops, and it's as simple as getting a cup of coffee and watching the blades spin."

"It's a savings for the community in general, savings for the rural electric companies, and it does provide electricity service over at least a 20-year time period, which is the anticipated life of these turbines," Baker said.

Baker said the wind turbines attract visitors from all over, adding tourism revenue to the list of benefits.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080715165441.htm

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 09:27 PM
I know it's a tiny town... but still.. that's pretty cool.

Smed1065
07-25-2008, 09:32 PM
Four wind turbines for 1300 people.

I am impressed!

RJ
07-25-2008, 09:59 PM
Damn straight it's cool. Hopefully it's a viable technology, I know here in the West we have no shortage of wind.

Lonewolf Ed
07-25-2008, 10:00 PM
It's about time! When I was in Denmark, I saw wind turbines everywhere. They are producing so much electricity, it's incredible. The technology works. My cousin owns 3 of them, and the electricity he sells offsets the taxes he has to pay (profit, baby!) and will set him up for his retirement. I hope more wind power is used here, and the sooner the better. I'm not a tree-hugger, but this stuff works and it's about as renewable as an energy source gets.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:05 PM
I see them rolling down the highway on trailers now and then. Huge blades... it took me a while to realize what they were. Now that I do, I wonder where they're headed.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Rain Man
07-25-2008, 10:06 PM
I thought Washington, D.C. was the first wind-powered community.

Bacon Cheeseburger
07-25-2008, 10:17 PM
I see them rolling down the highway on trailers now and then. Huge blades... it took me a while to realize what they were. Now that I do, I wonder where they're headed.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

No.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:20 PM
No.Damnit... the odds of me finding a pic on google are slim.

Seriously, though.. I've seen the blades of these wind turbines, on a trailer, rolling down the interstate. If you don't know what it is... it really makes you wonder.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:23 PM
Here's a pic.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:24 PM
And a video...

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FAX
07-25-2008, 10:27 PM
Fascinating. I hope they don't blow it.

FAX

RJ
07-25-2008, 10:29 PM
I see them rolling down the highway on trailers now and then. Huge blades... it took me a while to realize what they were. Now that I do, I wonder where they're headed.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?



Yes, I saw them on the highway in Kentucky. I didn't realize what they were until I read your post, it was bugging the hell out of me. Thanks.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:29 PM
Clearly this advanced technology hasn't hit Nebraska just yet...

:D

Joie
07-25-2008, 10:29 PM
If you haven't been to Rock Port, these things are awesome. We drove right past them a few weeks ago. I can't believe how huge they are.

Bacon Cheeseburger
07-25-2008, 10:30 PM
Clearly this advanced technology hasn't hit Nebraska just yet...

:D
I've seen them, I was just busting your balls. There's numerous wind turbines around Valley, NE just northwest of Omaha.

KcMizzou
07-25-2008, 10:32 PM
I've seen them, I was just busting your balls. There's numerous wind turbines around Valley, NE just northwest of Omaha.Well...

shit.

I was having so much fun with it...

Bacon Cheeseburger
07-25-2008, 10:33 PM
What I'd like to know is how the hell they get those blades up on to the turbine. Helicopter?

Joie
07-25-2008, 10:38 PM
What I'd like to know is how the hell they get those blades up on to the turbine. Helicopter?

Crane?

Bacon Cheeseburger
07-25-2008, 10:54 PM
Crane?

I dunno, those things are up there. You'd need a big friggin' crane.