Knoxville News Sentinel: Wind Energy Helps Wildlife and Wallets

David Jenkins, president of Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, applauds the many benefits of wind energy in his letter to the editor in last month's Knoxville Sentinel.

The benefits he lists include wind energy’s low impact on wildlifethe ability of a wind farm to repay its carbon footprint in six months or lessthe fact that turbines help make for cleaner air by emitting no harmful pollutants; the low cost of wind energy; and the job outlook for wind turbine technicians (the fastest growing new profession in the United States).

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Apex Joins the 2016 5th Grade Sustainability Fair!

Last week, 550 Crossville 5th graders stormed the sustainability fair and learned about everything from recycling and trail restoration to biofuels, gardening, and wind energy. We were thrilled about the number of kids who came and how interested they were in sustainability, specifically wind energy. Most of the students had seen a wind turbine or wind farm in their travels throughout the U.S. There was no shortage of questions throughout the day, with the students asking such great ones as "How does the wind energy get into homes and businesses? and "Why are there only three blades?" 

We were so impressed and honored to be a part of the 8th annual sustainability fair! Thank you to everyone who organized this great event!

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AWEA: How does wind help the family farm stay in the family?

We know that wind power is a powerful, renewable energy source. Did you know that wind farms also help landowners keep their farms in the family by providing revenue and royalties from the power provided? Each year, American landowners receive $222 million in lease payments alone. Wind is a drought-resistant crop that is reliable and not subject to fluctuating crop prices. 

Greg Alvarez of the American Wind Energy Association went on a tour through Colorado looking for the community impacts of wind power. During his trip, he met Jason Wilson of Calhan, Colorado, whose family almost had to give up its 76-year-old farm because it wasn't financially profitable anymore. Wilson said, "The wind farm allowed us to be able to keep our family farm. The wind farm balanced the financial viability with the sentimental value, allowing the family farm to be passed on to the next generation."

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U.S. Wind Farms Invested $128 Billion into U.S. Economy Over Past 10 Years

That's right, $128 billion! Not to mention an average of $13 billion per year for the past five years alone. The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) released the data last week.

Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said, "Over this time, wind has rapidly scaled up. There's now enough wind power installed to reliably produce electricity for over 19 million American homes."

There were more records broken last year by wind energy, including capacity installed.

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See Turbine Construction from Beginning to End

MidAmerican Energy posted this informative and cool video that shows a turbine being constructed from beginning to end. The video includes interesting facts about the individual parts of the turbine (such as the nacelle being the size of a school bus!) and how long it takes to assemble.
Check out the video below!

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How Wind Turbines Work

Have you ever wondered how a wind turbine works? Save On Energy posted an animated graphic that shows every step of how a turbine works. Check out the cool picture below! 

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Department of Energy Releases New Wind Vision

You can find the full report here.

The DOE’s new Wind Vision Report explores our nation’s potential to increase its energy production from wind power.    According to the report, America’s wind power capacity has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, making it more clear than ever that it will be possible for the U.S. to generate a significant portion of its power from land-based, offshore and distributed wind facilities by 2030.

The report outlines numerous benefits the U.S. will receive from increasing our domestic production of wind energy, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.

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Clean energy benefits Tennessee, saves American lives

This article was published in The Tennessean, full story here

The Clean Power Plan has brought a new energy market to Tennessee and the Southeast. The benefits include lower electricity rates, a more reliable energy resource, economic opportunities and environmental awareness. Among other benefits, a recent study found that the Clean Power Plan could save as many as 6,100 lives each year by moving the U.S. toward renewable energy sources.

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New Health Canada Study shows wind turbines do not adversely impact human health

Health Canada just completed the most comprehensive and largest study on wind energy and health to date.  They collected data for two years, and they have released their summary report today.  The good news is – the results support what previous studies have concluded: wind turbines are not related to adverse health.

Read the complete summary from Health Canada, here.  Key findings are:

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How loud is a wind turbine?

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