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Wind Energy Forum Enhances Positives of Wind Production

Wind Energy Forum Enhances Positives of Wind Production

Date: 11/14/2013

Source: Seanica Otterby, National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service

Audio with John Stulp, Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee chairman. (MP3 1.8 MB). Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:01:58.

In October, the American Wind Energy Association held a Wind Energy Forum in Colorado. John Stulp, Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee Chairman, moderated a panel at the forum and says it was a positive experience.

"We were able to look at and review the growth of the industry, not only here in Colorado, but nationwide. Because of new technology achievements and development, and rotor design and the overall construction of turbines, has resulted in more efficient production of power. And we've seen the price of energy actually come down somewhat from the highs of 5 or 6 years ago. You know, we still are dealing with some of the same issues of having adequate or enough transmission to take care of the big wind resource that we have here, but I think that will come with time."

One item discussed at the forum was the urban-rural divide versus the urban-rural partnership, and Stulp sees it as more of a partnership.

"If you look back at rural communities, we've always provided energy for our urban neighbors in the form of food. So now that we're able to develop wind resources in the windier parts of the state, why, we continue to produce energy in the form of electrons that provide electricity, and the market for the food we produce, or the energy we produce, is obviously in the urban areas."

Stulp believes having renewable energy more readily available has been helpful to both rural and urban areas, especially with the overall economy of the state. He says there has always been a partnership between rural and urban areas, and recent natural disasters have further cemented this picture. Even though both have differences, Stulp says they have more in common and will continue to support each other in a number of ways.

This information was last updated on November 14, 2013