Power transmission is very feasible and accounts for 22% of South Dakota energy needs and $4 billion in local business and government revenue. It pays to go wind in the Dakotas! "SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(AP)— A new report from the U.S. Energy Department says that South Dakota in 2011 had the capacity to generate about 22 percent of its electricity from wind energy, ranking first among all states.<quoted text>
Sorry. The comment was intended for general consumption, not aimed at you.
However, Galt is amused and somewhat disturbed by folks from places like New York and Florida who think it's OK to ruin the Dakotas with wind turbines and the Mohave with solar panels so that they can live in sealed high-rise condos with air conditioning.
Even if the power transmission was feasible, which it isn't.
And then there is the issue of transmission lines.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu says that wind power represented 32 percent of all new electric capacity additions in the United States last year and accounted for $14 billion in new investment.
The department says that the percentage of wind equipment made in America also increased dramatically.
Nearly 70 percent of the wind turbines, towers, blades, gears and generators installed at U.S. wind farms last year come from domestic manufacturers, doubling from 35 percent in 2005."