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Harvesting Utah's Urban Winds

Harvesting Utah's Urban Winds

Date: 5/12/2011

Location: Spanish Fork, UT

Small-scale urban wind farms hold promise for diversifying America's energy resources and achieving a more distributed energy infrastructure. They sidestep the costs of lengthy power line construction and power losses associated with transmitting energy over long distances. In this article, "Harvesting Utah's Urban Winds" for Solutions Journal, which is devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world's integrated ecological, social, and economic problems, authors Cathy Hartman and Edwin Stafford (Utah State University) and Sandra Reategui (NREL) describe the successful development of Utah's first commercial wind power project at Spanish Fork. The project provides lessons for how urban communities may accept and encourage local wind energy development.

This information was last updated on August 09, 2011