Gallery: Texas Landowners Say “Yes” to Wind Turbines and “No” to Transm...

 

The State of Texas is having an issue convincing its residents to install enough power lines to support its growing wind energy market. Sustainable energy won’t do much good unless you can transmit that power to the places that need it most and most of the time we still need less than attractive high voltage power lines to do that for us. It is a “not in my back yard” argument that the renewable energy world hasn’t really encountered yet — generally it is the turbine people don’t want, as we recently saw in Wisconsin.

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  1. Henry Cole January 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    what are the health consequences of living close to to grig size tramsmission lines?

  2. Green Electricity January 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Texas’ concern for its “natural beauty” evokes mix reactions. It’s frustrating to have all that green energy and not get to it. It’s a tough challenge for the wind turbine power sector — this lack of decent infrastructure. The solution may be in the science of it — maybe a retrofit of existing power lines, maybe in another direction altogether. There is a need to keep looking.

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