Tourism Meccas which welcome the wind

The entrance to Atlantic City

In your face at Atlantic City

According to an AP story in Monday's Springfield MA News-Leader, "The wind resource in the United States is comparable to the oil resource in Saudi Arabia," said Tom Gray, deputy executive director of the association. "It's a major strategic national resource we should be making every effort to develop."

The lead photo (on the right) in the article shows the two turbines from the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm which are prominently displayed at the Route 30 entrance to Atlantic City, N.J., on the site of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Officials in Atlantic City, N.J., dedicated the nation's first coastal wind farm last month, while Fairfield-based General Electric Co. announced a startup near San Diego of the largest wind power farm on Indian land.

Whole Foods leads the way to wind

Today's Houston Chronicle features a Bloomberg News Service story entitled "Whole Foods makes record purchase of renewable energy". The story goes on to state "The purchase is equivalent to all the electricity used in the company's supermarkets and other buildings, Austin, Texas- based Whole Foods said today in a statement. The credits were acquired from Boulder, Colorado-based wind power broker Renewable Choice Energy.

"Offsetting 100 percent of our electricity use with renewable, clean energy strengthens our commitment to be a leader in environmental stewardship by helping to clean the air and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels," Michael Besancon, a Whole Foods regional president, said in the statement.

Palm Spring's attractionConventional electricity generation, from such fuels as coal and natural gas, is the largest industrial source of U.S. air pollution, said Kurt Johnson, Green Power Partnership director at the Environmental Protection Agency. The commitment by Whole Foods to wind power is "an outstanding example of environmental leadership," he said in the statement.

Why aren't Cape Codders thinking about the vision instead of the view?

Palms Springs is one of America's wealthiest cities and one of California top tourism areas. The opening animated gif of Palm's Springs official tourism bureau's web site (above on right) on the area's attractions features their wind farm on the mountains just outside the city as you approach it from L.A. 

The wind farm is one of America's first and largest and continues to attract visitors more than a quarter century after its opening. 

 

 

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