Wind power expanding
Carolyn Hall of Bassett, Nebraska, e-mailed the following link today. It's a New York Times article about wind turbines that have been installed south of Ainsworth, Nebraska.
My connection to this story is that Jered Saar, one of the technicians mentioned in the story, is a distant cousin of mine. Jered's grandmother, Maxine Saar, and my mother, Doris Hill, were first cousins. About fifty years ago (ugh), Jered's dad, Gary Saar, and I were in the same grade at Duff Valley District 4, a one-room school in southern Rock County, Nebraska.
Also, Ainsworth, Nebraska, the county seat of Brown County, is my birthplace. Brown County is the next county west of Rock County, where I grew up.
Apparently the wind turbines break down quite often. Several years ago, I happened to drive by the two wind turbines at Springview (also mentioned in the article), and one of them was not working. PTG of Plains Feeder has strong opinions about the impracticality and unsustainability of wind farms, after observing them in action. Meanwhile, I'm glad that Jered has a good steady job.
UPDATE: A few more comments from PT about wind power in Iowa