Yesterday I went with my family up to Honesdale, PA to visit my son at camp. He left in late July to go to camp and visiting day was yesterday. On the way up to Honesdale I was driving on Route 6 East when I caught sight of about 2 dozen large windmills on the ridgeline turning — creating electricity. The last time I had seen something similar was when I was flying to San Jose, CA. from Austin in May 2007 for a business meeting and I looked down while we were over West Texas to see a long line of wind turbines also generating electricity. It’s such a remarkable sight to see that we are making progress in developing renewable energy generation, albeit slowly.

Windmill in Nebrasks

Windmill in Nebrasks

(Franco, Angel, picture from “In the Hills of Nebraska, Change Is on the Horizon“, The New York Times, August 4th 2008 )

This morning, while perusing the NY Times the lead article on their website was about a change of scenery in the plains of Nebraska. It turns out that the Nebraska plains around Ainsworth, Nebraska, has wonderful, constant, prevailing winds. These winds now power 36 wind turbines that send enough electricity to a national grid to power 19,000 homes (Barry, Dan, “In the Hills of Nebraska, Change Is on the Horizon“, The New York Times, August 4th 2008 ) These 36 are the beginning of a larger wind farm that will provide more power to the state of Nebraska than the 1% it currently does. Hopefully many more of these turbines and other renewable energy plants will generate more and more of our power soon. We need to promote and encourage more renewable energy generation both an industrial scale and local, residential scale if we are ever to break our reliance on fossil fuels and to impact our greenhouse gas generation and reverse global warming.

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