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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wind power is pushing Duluth port to a new age

From a a story by story by Larry Oakes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

Part of Duluth's success is having land-based logistical support and cooperative state agencies, especially DOT. Can Minnesota's success be replicated here ...?

DULUTH -- In 2005, a ship called the Bavaria arrived in Duluth-Superior from Europe with a visually stunning cargo the gritty taconite and coal port had never seen: gargantuan yet somehow slender blades, hubs and shafts meant for towering wind turbines.

Since then, America's increasing embrace of wind power has brought the port a windfall, with shipments surging to make the head of the Great Lakes a major funnel for turbines destined for the Upper Midwest and parts of Canada. Jason Paulson, operations manager for Lake Superior Warehousing Co., which transfers turbines from ships to specially designed semitrailer truck caravans, said the port is on track to handle a record 2,000 windmill components this year for several manufacturers, most bound for wind farms in Montana, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. Shipments of wind turbines through the port shot from 34,080 freight tons in 2005 to 307,000 freight tons last year.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported this year that transportation of wind turbines was the single largest factor in making fiscal year 2007 its most profitable.

"The growth is explosive," Paulson said. "There were times this season when we were moving 12 windmills a day. It's become the major portion of our heavy-lift business."

Other stories about the Duluth port.

1 comment:

  1. WE need to harness this valuable source of energy. Not enough credit is being given to the high gas prices this past year and it's serious damage it did to our economy and society. A record number of homes and jobs have been lost as a direct result.Most families broke the budget at the pump alone. The high cost of fuel affected production and shipping of every consumer product & was passed on to us at the checkout. Electric companies have huge rate hikes. And, while we are doing the happy dance around the lower prices at the pumps OPEC is announcing cuts to manipulate the prices upward again.We can't take another year like this past. There is a wonderful new book out about the energy crisis and what it would take for America to become energy independent.This book is profoundly informative and our country needs to become more informed and move forward with becoming energy independent. Green technology would not only provide clean cheap energy it would create millions of badly needed new jobs. The Book is called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW by Jeff Wilson. I highly recommend this book if you are distressed about our economy, would like to see new jobs created and see our country become energy independent.