It’s official: at least one city in the United States has finally ponied up for a wind powered station that will meet the entire city’s needs. Meet Rock Port, Missouri, poised to take that trophy home for America. Fortunately situated near a bluff and with a windy enough climate to sustain a projected 16 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, Missourans are about to get a healthy does of green in their power mix. Annual consumption has historically only been around 13 gigwatt hours, so that power company will also be able to sell power across the grid to other places, as well as to supply electrical power when winds are down. With this year’s tornado season as evidence, I don’t think that will be happening too often!
For more information, look up Loess Hill Wind Farm, the company pairing with the government to provide this service.