We’re pleased to announce the release of an original book on the iBookstore called Community Wind. Created with a collaboration of Wind Resource and The Superior Watershed Partnership, this new interactive book gives background on what a “community” wind project is, how one is built, and ways to engage in your own community. The book also offers interactive charts, graphs, video and high definition photography throughout. Please give it a look, and if you have an iPad, let us know what you think!
At this point, denial is the official Republican Party stance on climate change. Not a single one of their presidential or (to my knowledge) congressional candidates has affirmed the existence, much less the danger, of anthropogenic climate change in the 2012 election cycle.
But Bob Inglis is bucking the trend.
Inglis was drummed out of the U.S. House in 2010 when South Carolina voters gave his Tea Party challenger more than 70 percent of the primary vote.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.
America needs homegrown energy resources to power the nation and with our economy struggling, we’re in dire need of American jobs. Wind energy delivers in both of these areas. The wind energy industry has lowered the cost of wind power by more than 90%, has fostered economic development in all 50 states, and currently powers the equivalent of 10 million American homes.
Carlsbad, Calif., November 3, 2011 — The American Wind Energy Association Fall Symposium in Carlsbad, Calif. received a special keynote address from Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, who told attendees about his experiences as a young computer enthusiast, his work with Steve Jobs and his views on technological innovation in the wind power industry.
Wozniak drew parallels between his experience increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of personal computers with the current status of technological innovation in the wind industry. Both have lowered costs for consumers by using better materials and things that break down less often.
“A technology like wind is so important,” Wozniak said.
In speaking of the early days of Apple, where advances like the computer mouse were first popularized, Wozniak said, “We were changing the way things were done in the past. It very much makes you think of wind energy.”
He also mapped out a vision of a future where increasing amounts of electricity are harnessed from clean sources like wind and the sun.
“If you have two sources of electricity, one clean and one dirty, and they cost the same, that’s great. That’s where we are now.”
Of wind turbines, Wozniak said, “I wish my home were overlooking a whole array of them. I just love them.”
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh.
In 1976 Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.
Wozniak also poignantly remembered his colleague and friend Steve Jobs, who passed away recently, as “a beloved technological leader.”
“Steve was a visionary, a leader and a doer. I haven’t seen any like him.”
This year’s AWEA Fall Symposium event is focused heavily on industry trends and innovations, as well as communications techniques for addressing wind energy’s benefits to external audiences. Notable participants include Program Chair Edward Zaelke from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Steve Trenholm, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, and Randy Mann, Vice President, Wind Development, Edison Mission Energy.
“Wind energy is an American success story, just like Apple Computer and Steve Wozniak,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “We provide a clean, affordable and homegrown source of energy, as well as tens of thousands of good American jobs now and the promise of half a million jobs within 20 years. However, the lack of a stable, long-term federal policy puts all this at risk. The Fall Symposium is the perfect forum to discuss these issues and address the solutions.”
Gratiot Wind is currently under construction in central Michigan, and stands to be the largest wind power project in the state. Here is a brief article about the project by Midwest Energy News.
Back in March, we profiled the impending arrival of Michigan’s largest wind farm, in Gratiot County. While the standard narrative is that wind farms are controversial and hotly opposed by residents, Gratiot County was welcoming, even enthusiastic, about the project and the revenue it would bring.
Here’s what Dan Rossman of the local extension office had to say at the time:
“Even in the beginning we did not experience serious opposition. People had the typical questions and when their questions were answered, their fears just evaporated,” he said. “They were very open-minded.”
“No one has called my office to complain,” Rossman said. “There are people who chose not to have a turbine on their farm, but they did it because they didn’t need the financial help or didn’t want to lose acreage or deal with the construction or have their view changed.”
The wind farm is now well on its way to becoming reality. This video, made by Portland, Oregon filmmaker (and Michigan native) Ben VanderVeen, shows some photos of the project and gets some reaction from local officials.
Well, ArtPrize has come and gone, but this site, and the message behind it are here to stay! We think the topic of wind energy is vital to today’s conversation about climate change, jobs, and creating the clean energy future of tomorrow.
Stay tuned while Win, Win Wind! becomes a great resource for windpower news, information and conversation!
Well, ArtPrize is still ongoing, and we wanted to make sure you got a good look of how our entry came about. Lots of planning, lots of contribution, lots of fun!
Here is an essay by Rich VanderVeen, talking about his ArtPrize entry, and the meaning behind it. Lots of information on the installation of Win, Win Wind! background info on wind energy, and the need to embrace our natural resources!
With young folks in mind, Susan VanderVeen wrote a story that brings wind power into an every-day child’s life. Illustrated by Betsy VanderVeen Rutz, Farming the Wind (© 2009 Susan P. VanderVeen) explores wind power from a child’s perspective. After the typical long search for a publisher, the author-illustrator team is very happy to have landed a contract with Raven Productions in Ely, Minnesota. Raven does a wonderful job of teaching young people how to enjoy and protect the natural world. http://www.ravenwords.com/
ArtPrize is in full swing, and with all of the art around the city, we want to make sure you get a chance to visit ours! We’re located on Fulton just past Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of the beautiful GVSU campus. Come see the work of dedicated students and artists, all focusing on a clean, bright future!
ArtPrize runs until October 9th, be sure to check out our venue before then, and VOTE UP 51561!