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Georgetown, Texas, is a conservative town in a conservative state. So it may come as something of a surprise that it’s one of the first cities in America to be entirely powered by renewable energy.

Mayor Dale Ross, a staunch Republican who attended President Trump’s inauguration, says that decision came down to a love of green energy and “green rectangles” — cash.

When Georgetown’s old power contract was up in 2012, city managers looked at all their options. They realized wind and solar power are more predictable; the prices don’t fluctuate like oil and gas. So, a municipality can sign a contract today and know what the bill is going to be for the next 25 years.

That’s especially appealing in a place like Georgetown, where a lot of retirees live on fixed incomes.

Wind Energy Takes Flight In The Heart Of Texas Oil Country

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Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy
The national railway company, NS, said that its renewables target had been met a year earlier than planned

All Dutch electric trains are now powered by wind energy, the national railway company NS has said .

“Since 1 January, 100% of our trains are running on wind energy,” said NS spokesman, Ton Boon.

Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by NS two years ago and the two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy.

“So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said Boon, adding that an increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS achieve its aim.

Eneco and NS said on a joint website that around 600,000 passengers daily are “the first in the world” to travel thanks to wind energy. NS operates about 5,500 train trips a day.

One windmill running for an hour can power a train for 120 miles, the companies said. They hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020 compared with 2005.

Dutch trains now all powered by wind energy

All Dutch trains have become 100% powered by electricity generated by wind energy, the national railway company NS has said, making it a world’s first.

One windmill running for an hour can power a train for 120 miles, the companies said. Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by NS two years ago and the two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy. ‘We in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said NS spokesman Ton Boon, adding that an increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS achieve its aim.

They hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020 compared with 2005.

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Wind farms can be DEADLY for birds of prey
The study from various research institutes including the Aarhus University in Denmark, tracked the birds using laser range finders and radar.

Migrating raptors are attracted to turbines as potential landing spots

Wind turbines at sea are a danger to birds of prey particularly during bad weather, a study has found. Buzzards (pictured), kites, harriers falcons and sparrowhawks were all attracted towards turbines – putting them at risk of getting killed by the spinning blades.

The findings published in Biology Letters said birds of prey like to migrate across narrow straits and sounds.

They are also attracted to islands and are strongly dependent on updrafts and thermals – rising columns of warm air which come off the land…

Big news: In 2015, for the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal as the largest source of global electricity capacity. Since President Obama took office, wind power has tripled and solar power has grown more than 30-fold here in the United States. Each milestone brings us one step closer to protecting our planet for future generations. 

This is the Ridgeblade residential wind turbine, a horizontal access turbine that mounts along the peak of a house. An aesthetically pleasing idea and also one that allows wind power in areas where local ordinance might ban a tower mounted turbine. The company also offers a hybrid installation that includes a solar roof. There is a commercial application as well.

As with all wind installations, the prevailing wind patterns will affect efficiency greatly but this could prove a boon mounted on sky scrapers in urban areas and small benefits to suburban houses in cutting electricity usage are still benefits.

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Denmark sets another world record in wind energy

Denmark successfully produced an astonishing 42% of its power from windmills in 2015, the “highest proportion ever produced by any country,” reports the Local. The figure exceeds 2014’s figure of 39%, which also set a record. As a clean and renewable energy source, wind turbines are likely to become an important element of long-term climate and energy planning and in many countries already have.

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