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HoCo official wants smaller wind turbines for Md.

Wind power is gneerating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states. Wind power is generating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states. Now, as Mike Schuh reports, a Howard County official wants to bring smaller wind turbines here.

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) - Wind power is gneerating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states.

Wind power is generating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states. Now, as Mike Schuh reports, a Howard County official wants to bring smaller wind turbines here.

The answer of how to solve some of our energy problems could be, as the song says, blowing in the wind. But only two wind turbines have been erected in nearby Howard County.

The reason isn't lack of interest.

"I'm working with county government. A dozen are looking at this as an option, but they need the pathway," said Councilman Calvin Ball.

Right now, county law doesn't prohibit or permit them. That lack of a clear process allowing these eco-structures is hindering their construction.

"Well, it's clear," Ball said.

So to get more turbines up, the councilman has sponsored a bill to specifically say certain types of windmills, small ones, are allowed in residential areas. He knows of no local opposition, but there are many critics elsewhere who view the turbines as unsightly.

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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) - Wind power is gneerating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states.

Wind power is generating an increasing amount of energy here in America--not all of it from those huge windmills seen dotting western states. Now, as Mike Schuh reports, a Howard County official wants to bring smaller wind turbines here.

The answer of how to solve some of our energy problems could be, as the song says, blowing in the wind. But only two wind turbines have been erected in nearby Howard County.

The reason isn't lack of interest.

"I'm working with county government. A dozen are looking at this as an option, but they need the pathway," said Councilman Calvin Ball.

Right now, county law doesn't prohibit or permit them. That lack of a clear process allowing these eco-structures is hindering their construction.

"Well, it's clear," Ball said.

So to get more turbines up, the councilman has sponsored a bill to specifically say certain types of windmills, small ones, are allowed in residential areas. He knows of no local opposition, but there are many critics elsewhere who view the turbines as unsightly.

Unlike the huge turbines elsewhere, the home units are nearly silent. They produce enough power to supplement what's needed by an average size home or apartment building.

Ones on freestanding poles would be allowed; ones attached to the top of a house would also be permitted.

Those smaller windmills cost between $15,000 and $30,000 and can pay for themselves in eight years. They last up to 50 years.


Source: http://wjz.com/local/smalle...

MAR 7 2010
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