It’s time to add wind power – York News

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00 am

Updated: 12:00 am, Wed Oct 2, 2013.

It’s time to add wind power

Linda Duckworth, Energy Director, LWVNE

York News-Times


Apparently September is Wind Month, at least for me.

The notorious Nebraska breezes have been strong the past few days, and it seemed appropriate that my husband and I would encounter wind as we set out to take pictures of old windmills this weekend.

Also, on Sept.11, I attended the NPPD board meeting as an observer for the League of Women Voters of Nebraska, something I am able to do occasionally. It’s always an enlightening experience.

They have noticed over the past couple of years that more and more often members of the public are showing up to observe and to ask about an increase in the use of renewable energy.

It makes sense we would ask about wind energy, since the latest measurements indicate our state is third in wind potential in the nation. Many of us wonder why NPPD is satisfied with a goal of 10 percent electrical generation from wind.  

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska urges York area NPPD rate payers to contact their board member, Ken Kunze, and let him know now is the time to act on adding wind power. Wind prices are at record low levels, competitive with the cheapest fossil fuels.

The value of wind contracts made now will increase in the future, because prices can be locked in, unlike coal prices, which have risen by an average of 11 percent per year over the past 10 years and are likely to continue to increase significantly.

In addition, wind development has the potential to provide thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs, reverse the trend of declining population in rural Nebraska and provide property tax relief. And, let us remember the clean aspect of wind energy.

We ask you to learn more by attending NPPD board meetings and reading widely on the issue, and then speaking up.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00 am.

Updated: 12:00 am.

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