Monday, March 15, 2010

Wind Energy and Obama - A Prayer in the Wind

By Becky Tilmer

The Obama Administration is definitely in favor of pumping government dollars back into the economy, especially if it means spending the green on companies that promote green energy. President Obama embarked to Iowa on Earth Day to visit with the workers of Trinity Structural Towers. This former Maytag plant now creates towers that harness wind energy. The President seems to be pleased with the company's efforts in manufacturing a product that will create wind energy while still saving the jobs of many previous Maytag workers.

Trinity Structural Towers, Inc. is one of many companies that build wind towers. They employs around 160 workers. They operate some one of the largest production companies of tubular wind towers in North America. Production of this product is essential in saving precious natural resources and creating a green source of energy. In 2008, new wind turbine companies sprang up in 24 different states.

President Obama is an avid supporter of clean sources of power such as wind energy. He needs to support the development of green energy if the government is going to meet the Department of Energy's 20% wind energy goal by 2030.

President Obama's Earth Day address promotes wind energy

President Obama took advantage of Earth Day to deliver an address promoting wind as a major component of U.S. energy strategy. The president spoke in Newton, Iowa at the site of a former appliance plant now used to manufacture towers for wind energy production.

Obama sees an opportunity for the United States to evolve from the top importer of foreign oil into the top clean energy exporter. He believes that wind can generate up to 20 percent of the nation's energy by 2030, creating up to 250,000 jobs. This is an ambitious increase from the 2 percent currently produced by wind generated power, simultaneously attacking the problems of energy dependence, global warming and job creation.

Concrete steps are being taken by U.S. legislators and power companies. The Department of the Interior announced final guidelines regarding offshore wind power development. Programs are now in place to grant leases and easements to spur development. Methods to share revenue derived from wind power with coastal states were also announced. The U.S. currently has no offshore wind power facilities though these new rules may give impetus to some pending projects, such as New York's plan to generate power off the coast of the Great Lakes and installations off the coast along the Atlantic seaboard.

Wind energy planning explores different types of renewable energy with a focus in the UK. We also look at offshore wind energy and different types of wind turbines and the electricity they generate.

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