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    Wind Farming

    Like the booming growth in the organic food sector, wind energy capacity has been expanding at over 20 percent yearly. However, it still accounts for less than 1% of the electricity generated in the US today.

    Nationwide, wind energy is helping farmers supplement their incomes and their own energy needs, while contributing to the general public’s enormous power appetite.

    Were it put to use, North Dakota, which is over 89% farmland, could meet 36% of the U.S.'s 1990 electricity consumption needs.

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environment News Network (, as we explore wind power and the opportunities therein.

    This Week's Guests:

    Peter Asmus — Author, "Reaping The Wind"

    “Reaping the Wind,” tells the convoluted history of commercial wind power in the United States. Peter introduces readers to maverick scientists and technologists who labored in obscurity, to entrepreneurs and visionary capitalists who believed that a centuries-old idea could be made feasible in the modern world, and to enterprising financial advisers and investors who sought to exploit the last great tax shelter in federal history. Beginning with the early pioneers, from William Heronemus, a former U.S. Navy captain who dreamt of huge floating wind farms off the coast of New England, to the $40 million success story of Jim Dehlsen of Zond, Peter profiles the colorful cast of characters involved with the development of the American wind power industry.

    Charles (Chuck) Koch — Oregon farmer and small wind turbine owner

    Charles Koch owns Medicine Creek Farm in northeastern Oregon where he raises cows, chickens and turkeys. He got involved in wind farming when he installed a 400 Watt small wind turbine on his property. Together with a 17kw model, Charles is able to generate about half of his energy needs from wind.

    “I’ve always been interested in energy self-sufficiency,” he has said “And renewable energy seemed like a good way to do it.”

    Dan Juhl — Owner / Operator of Woodstock Wind Farm and wind energy expert

    Dan has pioneered conservation and renewable energy technologies, particularly wind power, in the Midwest for over 25 years. His activities have covered every aspect of the technology including R&D, design, manufacturing, development and installation. He has also helped form public policy by working with legislators and regulators on the workings and benefits of utilizing renewable energy. Dan currently owns and manages two companies active in the renewable energy business, including a 10.2 MW windfarm on the Buffalo Ridge in Southwest Minnesota.

    More information:

  • Peter Asmus' Homepage
  • Charles Koch's wind farm story
  • Woodstock Wind Farm
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Paul Gipe's Wind Power book
  • Renewable Energy – US Dept. of Energy

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