Gallery: U.S. Coast Guard to Install New Wind Turbine at Base in Maine

Coast Guard 47' Motor Lifeboat Escorts Fishing Boats 08Dec2009. Winter Storms in Morro Bay, CA 08 Dec 2009 bring the largest swells and waves of the year, which batter the breakwater near Morro Rock, and make entry back into the harbor hazardous for fishermen. Several fishing boats were escorted by two Coast Guard 47' Motor Lifeboats, a tug, and the harbor patrol small blue boat. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com,; Canon 5D, Canon 100-400mm IS Lens handheld, no circular polarizer.

Following in the footsteps of the U.S. military’s embracing of renewable energy, such as fighter jets running on biofuel and hydrogen fuel cell powered tanks, the U.S. coast guard has decided to use wind power by installing a turbine at their Southwest Harbor Base in Maine. The turbine is part of a more amibitious program to achieve a zero carbon footprint at the station. Some of the other plans include installing solar panels and solar hot water heaters along with new electrical systems and improve insulation in order to reduce emissions and cut costs.

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