As many of you probably know, AWEA's Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo
is going on in Portland, Oregon. I read this entry
by a blogger who is at the conference and found her thoughts interesting and....question worthy!
She notes that commercial wind farms sprouting up around Oregon have sparked opposition from neighbors. Instead, she links to evidence
that smaller projects are more cost effective. She also says small projects are easier to site, therefore reducing the need for transmission.
The blogger also makes an interesting point as she wonders if countries that used to rely on timber revenue and are looking for new revenue sources have considered small wind.
I'll leave you with the questions she leaves:
How can small wind projects fill in for our energy needs? Should we stop building big farms and start focusing on smaller ones where they're needed most?
-Kathie Zipp is Associate Editor of Wind/Solarpower Engineering