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First U.S. Town Powered by Wind



Rockport, MO is the first U.S. town that is powered solely by wind. This town has four turbines that supply electricity to it’s 1300 residents. These turbines can supply Rockport of electricity for 20 years which is the life expectancy of these wind to power devices. They also bring savings to their electric companies. I looked up at Wikipedia the meaning of turbines, and here it is:

A wind turbine is a rotating machine which enables the conversion of kinetic
energy in wind into mechanical energy. If the mechanical energy is used directly
by machinery, such as pump or grinding stones, the machine is usually called a
windmill. If the mechanical energy is then converted to electricity, the machine
is called wind generator, wind turbine, wind power unit or wind energy
converter. (wikipedia.com)

Other than the electricity it brings to the town, they also get additional income of $1.1 million in real estate taxes annually being paid by Wind Capital Group which is the wind energy developer. Some of these lands are being leased from landowners which give them income too. This is also a tourist attraction to the the town.

Wow, this is so great especially with the ongoing energy crisis. Hats off to Rockport, Missouri


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Dakota Lifestyle: Beyond the Weather said…
How often will they need to repair or replace turbines? If the upkeep isn't too bad then they have a very significant investment for sure!
Raptured Dreams said…
I hope this can help the world's crisis. Hi Shimumsy, just passing by here.
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