Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Earth, wind & fire, the alternative energy, not the band

Great article on alternative energy here complete with a map that shows this state's efforts at green power. If we are going green with being all localvore with our food shouldn't we being doing the same with our energy resources?

Green power is cropping up statewide. Some of the projects are small, new and exploratory -- such as solar and tidal power. Giant wind turbines began spinning in 2001 and provide close to 1 percent of the state's energy. Biomass power, mainly from lumber mills and pulp and paper companies, date as far back as the 1950s, but the energy is often consumed by the industries generating it. Geothermal power is not yet on the map thanks to challenges with technology and costs. Biodiesel is being produced, but not turned into electricity because demand for vehicle fuel is greater.

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