A wind farm is to be built for electricity by a utility called the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems - UAMPS. It is also called the Horse Butte Wind project. It is on 17,600 acres in Bonneville County, Idaho Falls. It is supported by and agreed on by 20 cities in Utah to purchase and to use the wind power and also including Nevada, Wyoming and California.
The wind power will provide 58 megawatts of power and from 32 wind turbine generators. It is to be completed by November 2010.
The wind farm will cost about $250 million. It will provide the cleanest, most affordable and the most reliable electricity. Then we won't have to worry about nuclear fallout or coal mine disasters. We won't have pollution from coal, either.
The wind farm built in Idaho is in an excellent location because that location has an excellent wind resource. It is in a remote location and is on private property, which has high transmission lines. This project is funded by both private and public. Utah needs electricity created by wind power and then we won't have power plants, which use coal and natural gas. Both cause a lot of air pollution. Coal companies make other people a lot of money. No wonder the gas and coal officials are against the wind farms.
There has also been a wind project made in Milford, Utah, by a Boston company, but the electricity goes to the state of California. The Boston company also has wind power in the east, the west and Hawaii. Why doesn't Utah get the electricity made by the wind power? Don't the power companies in Utah like electricity made by wind power? Or, is natural gas and goal more important?
Another source of power, is from river dams and there is talk about building river dams for electricity. We already have a lot of wind in most states. Wind farms sound like a good idea. Maybe we can benefit from both of them. Neither will give us air pollution or nuclear fallout.
If wind farms or river dams are built, there will be no coal mine disasters or miner deaths. The wind farms cost more, but no amount of money can buy a person's life from a coal mine disaster. There are other coal costs too, and they aren't even mentioned. Some are not even thought of.
Coal costs a lot less, but there are a lot of unknown problems. Problems might happen besides air pollution.
Yes, wind farms will provide us with clean electricity and so will river dams, but there will be no air pollution from either of them.
How about solar panels?
John L. Harrison