In light of current legislation dealing with efforts to conform to Federal standards on renewable energy, I thought I would try to generate some discussion about some of the options, and perhaps encourage those who are better informed on this subject to edify and elucidate, as it were. :)
If the following is correct:
Wind Power Creates Jobs. Wind energy provides more jobs per dollar invested than any other energy technology. Every time a wind energy project is installed, it creates new jobs for people who set up and maintain the turbines. Employment opportunities range from meteorologists and surveyors to structural engineers, assembly workers, and mechanics and operators. The U.S. wind industry currently directly employs more than 2,000 people, and every megawatt of new wind capacity creates 15-19 jobs and about 60 person-years of employment.
Example: The Wisconsin Energy Bureau estimates that wind projects create three times as many jobs as the same level of spending on fossil fuels. Conversely, Portland General Electric estimates that a 240 MW natural gas plant drains $28-55 million out of the regional economy annually for fuel imports.
Wouldn't this take a huge bite out of the poverty in rural Appalachia and (to a lesser extent) Eastern North Carolina?
And if meeting the looming standards is a concern, wouldn't:
Wind Power can help meet North Carolinaճ Energy Needs. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, North Carolina has the capacity to produce 8 million MWh of wind energy. This amount of electricity would account for 8% of our stateճ electricity consumption.
Make it a lot easier to achieve?
This is my first blog post, so, you know, cut me some slack.