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Travellers are bringing back lots of news of windpower
Will wind energy ever be developed here for commercial purposes? Beyond the Bull Run Valley?
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By Ed Waggener
In the last week or so, a number of Adair Countians abroad have come back with reports about windmill farm sightings as they crossed the prairie cornland.
Peggy Spoon came home with some great photographs from near Sandwich and Dwight, Illinois. They accompany this article.
Pen noticed them on his way to and from Chicago, There is a huge installation north of Lafayette, he said. "They seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see," he said.
Recently, a former Adair Countian, who asked that her name not be made public on the matter, at this point, said that she was interested in seeing if known areas of Adair County where the winds are sufficient to make windpower profitable could be developed.
Energy sector leader Bruce Wilson, who operates a number of oil wells in South Central Kentucky, said that he'd passed by wind farms in the west, and found them impressive, with one drawback. "They made a real disagreeable noise," hesaid, but declined to 'go' like the noise when requested. "It's just disagreeable," he said, before breaking camp to check on Jimmy Reliford's deep well at Gradyville with Junior Stotts.
All this is mentioned to see if wind experts in the county could comment on it.
The only developed windpower of any consequence in Adair County is on Bull Run Road, where two installations are used to draw water on Gobbler's Knob and on at least one of the farms on out the road.
Anyone who has ever delivered Courier-Journals on a bicycle in February on Bomar Heights in a poplin jacket, wearing no gloves, knows that the winds up there are fierce, just as they are on Weed and Keltner Ridges.
The wind might not be enough to drive a windwagon from Gradyville to Gascon, as Windwagon Smith did in the primer reader, but there be enough wind for commercial purposes.
And if so, would it be worth it to develop, in light of wind turbine's disagreeable noise?
This story was posted on 2010-06-23 20:00:42
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