When writing entries for this blog, I try to stay focused on energy issues here in Connecticut.
But I couldn't help noticing an item that arrived in my e-mail last week concerning wind power generation.
The University of North Texas has received $2 million grant from the Energy Conservation Office in the Lone Star State to install wind turbines on campus.The money will be used to install three wind turbines that will be used to provide power to the school's new football stadium (an artist's rendition is shown above) and other buildings in that part of campus.
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the school has devoted to the construction of the stadium, which will open this September, doesn't show how close the turbines would be to the facility.
The turbines are scheduled to be in place and operational by the end of the year, according to school officials. They are designed for low wind conditions - the average wind speed in North Texas is about 12 miles per hour, according to school officials - and produce a noise level of 55 decibels at a distance of 131 feet away.
"Our university has a 50-year legacy of environmental research and sustainability," V. Lane Rawlins, the president of the school, said in a written statement. "We're proud to be the first university in Texas to install wind turbines on campus.
For those who advocate in favor of wider use of renewable energy, an announcement like this has to be encouraging to see. The idea of wind turbines being used to power, of all things, a football stadium in the heart of America's oil country might seem far fetched to some.
And even though this is taking place halfway across the country, the symbolism of what the University of North Texas is doing should not be lost on Connecticut residents.
Here in Connecticut, residents in Prospect and Colebrook are fighting hard to keep a company from installing wind turbines in those communities. A bill is even being considered by Connecticut lawmakers that would declare a moratorium on wind power development while state officials conduct further study on where wind farms should be located.
Wind power turbines being erected next to a football stadium deep in the heart of Texas suggests that perhaps mainstream America is taking the idea of wind power more seriously.