As the blades turn
And turbines are still something of a novelty for most of us, so the "not in my backyard" mentality hasn't yet set in when it comes to wind farms. In fact, as we reported in the Energy Journal, groups of ranchers in eastern Wyoming -- seeing an opportunity to make some money without significantly disrupting their ag operations -- have banded together to market their properties to wind energy developers.
That, of course, could change. As turbines begin to spring up in more sensitive, pristine spots, or closer to residential areas, the novelty could wear off quickly.
August 9, 2008
by Chad Baldwin
in Casper Star-Tribune
Anyone who drives the Interstate 80 corridor with any regularity can testify that there's world-class wind in southern Wyoming. But most drivers wouldn't use the term "world class," because that would bestow a positive connotation on something they cuss n especially during winter.
Regular I-80 travelers also have noticed in recent years a proliferation of big machines to harness that fearsome wind. Most noticeable are the dozens of turbines that have sprung up recently along the interstate on the western end of the Bridger Valley.
During a late-night trip I made to southwest Wyoming last week, the blinking red lights and turning... [continue via Web link]