Wind turbine blade in transit
Whenever we drive east to Omaha on Interstate 80, we are passed by truckloads of wind turbine parts barreling west. These ceramic composite blades are hard to miss: 50 to 180 feet long, sheathed on flatbed truck convoys rolling across the High Plains like clockwork.
“Wind farms” exist across the midwestern United States from Ohio to South Dakota, yoking a diverse industrial base to a renewable resource with tremendous potential to reshape a traditionally extractive energy landscape. This may be where turbine convoys will be going in 2016 and 2017: Carbon County, Wyoming, midway between Casper and Fort Collins, CO, and the proposed home of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project. When it is completed, CCSM is expected to generate over 3000 megawatts of power to the Mountain West, surpassing the Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, California as the largest wind energy…
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