December 7, 2005
Benefiting from this wind
One of the questions from the problem set we handed in the other day had to do with what we thought was which energy source would be most sustainable in Minnesota. You could make a case for almost any source, but why wouldn't wind, water, and sun be the most logical - and maybe most susatainable. We have water (10,000+ lakes), we have wind (as experienced in the past week), and we have sun (I think I remember seeing it). According to BP.com, their 22.5 megawatt wind farm in the Netherlands "provided sufficient clean electricity to power 20,000 homes and displaced some 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide" in its first tear of operation. Would it not be safe to assume that the same results could occur here in Minnesota with all of its flat land and open space, allowing wind to gust freely?
Posted by at December 7, 2005 12:57 PM | 6. Energy, Economics, and Policy