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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The answer is blowing in the wind?

From an article by Jeff Holmquist in the New Richmond News:

A proposal to construct a wind turbine network in the Town of Forest, east of New Richmond, is picking up steam.

A proposal to construct a wind turbine network in the Town of Forest, east of New Richmond, is picking up steam.

The project is being promoted by Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC, a Hubertus company that is involved in several wind farm projects across the region.

Emerging Energies has been studying wind speeds in the St. Croix County township for two years.

According to Bill Rakocy, co-founder and principal of Emerging Energies, the Forest area is “looking very favorable” as a site for large wind turbines.

The company’s research shows that average wind speeds are about 16 to 17 miles per hour, which is sufficient to turn a large turbine and thus generate electricity.

As the state and federal governments begin to encourage development of alternative energy sources, Rakocy said his organization is poised to make a difference.

Among current available clean energy sources, Rakocy claims, wind power is the best for Wisconsin.

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