Windustry's fall 2014 eNewsletter is here! Click the file below to read.
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September 25, 2014. The journal Consumer Reports just published an article about methods for making money off of your home. One section is devoted to wind and solar power and quotes Windustry's Lisa Daniels. From the article:
You can also monetize your property by using it to generate solar or wind power. “Most people think of wind power as these farms of 50 to 100 turbines,” Lisa Daniels, executive director of the advocacy group Windustry, said. Indeed, if you’re lucky enough to have acres of high, clear, windy land that’s near high-voltage transmission lines, you could earn hundreds of thousands from a wind-power company. But today’s technology also allows for small-scale projects that could power your house and perhaps help supply the neighborhood.
Here’s how: A wind company installs a single turbine on a metal pole, perhaps 100 feet up to clear trees and buildings. You stay connected to the grid and draw power from the utility when you need more than the turbine can supply. But when the wind is up, the mill can power all of your electrical needs—and even pump extra voltage onto the electrical grid, spinning your meter backward, so you get credit for the contribution.
With a wind lease from a company such as United Wind, there’s no up-front cost, but you’ll wind up with two monthly electric payments—one greatly reduced bill from the utility, thanks to lower usage, and another from the wind-power company, for what you draw from the turbine, at a below-market-rate price. The bottom line, Daniels says, is about a 10 percent savings, which in a high-electrical-cost area could mean $300 per year.
September 23, 2014. 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.Kathy performed a new poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.
The Hale Community Wind Project is under development in Texas, and at 1.1 Gigawatts, may become the largest farm in the nation with this type of ownership structure. The July issue of North American Wind Power cited the Windustry when describing the benefits community wind.
A new survey came out today which questioned residents in the Midwest about their thoughts on renewable energy and included questions about wind turbine syndrome. The following quote is from an article in Midwest Energy News titled Midwesterners not buying ‘wind turbine syndrome’:
"A bipartisan poll on energy issues released earlier this week found that in six Midwestern states – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin – only 14 percent of respondents believe wind turbines harm human health.
Among the states surveyed, the lowest percentage of people who believe wind turbines cause health problems (7 percent) was in Iowa, a state that leads the nation in proportion of energy from wind.
Meanwhile, the highest percentage believing such claims (21 percent) was in Wisconsin, a state which has far fewer wind farms and where some political leaders have in recent years been hostile to renewable and distributed energy."
September 3, 2014. Join this year's riders to celebrate the end of Climate Ride, a 300-mile benefit bike ride to raise awareness of bike advocacy, sustainability, renewable energyand the threat of climate change, beginning in Grand Rapids, MI and ending at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL.
For more details read the press release below.
Did you know that Windustry is a beneficiary for Climate Ride?
August 2014. This fall, Climate Ride will be biking to promote and support organizations related to sustainability, climate, clean energy, and more. There is still time to sign up for the following rides. The Midwest route is brand new this year!
Midwest Climate Ride
When: September 6-9, 2014
Where: Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL
NYC-DC Climate Ride
When: September 20-24, 2014
Where: NYC to Washington D.C.
August 21, 2014. Come visit the Windustry staff and volunteers at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair! We are presenting the Wind Energy Center within the Eco Experience from August 21-September 21, 2014.
Come and see the awe-inspring 123 foot tall wind turbine blade and climb into a replica base of a wind turbine. You can also see many maps of wind speeds and wind projects throughout Minnesota and view videos about wind energy. We have tools and information to help you find out if your home is suitable for a wind project and to learn about policies like net metering. We will also take your picture and make you a free pin with it!
The Wind Energy Center booth is staffed from 9am to 9pm every day of the fair. Come into the Eco-Experience Building and say hello!