While big wind farms are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s plan to have wind power make up 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply by 2030. But at least one small wind power generator is saying, “Don’t forget about the little guys.”
A press release from Kentucky-based Wind Energy Corporation, which uses a unique sail-like design (pictured right) for its wind turbines that is more friendly to birds and bats, says the company’s CEO, James R. Fugitte, says the DOE’s “20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030″ report puts too much focus on large-scale wind farms, new transmission lines and an overall major expansion of the electricity grid system in the U.S.:
“Utility-scale electricity, whether provided by fossil fuels or renewable sources like wind and solar, is not the sole answer to what ails us,” said Fugitte. “The best way for communities, institutions and commercial enterprises to mitigate rising fuel costs is to invest in on-site renewable energy generation assets that can work in conjunction with their traditional sources of power. On-site ownership also greatly accelerates attention to conservation.”
Wind Energy Corporation is a pioneer in the untapped commercial and community distributive energy market. “Distributive” means providing power directly to, and under the control of, consumers and businesses. While the government is focused solely on large wind farms designed to sell electricity into the overtaxed national power grid, Wind Energy Corporation is bringing an alternative wind energy solution to the marketplace.
Wind Energy Corporation’s low wind solution will make distributive wind solutions feasible in urban areas and other settings where wind power is just not an alternative today.
“The answer to our energy needs can’t simply be massive wind farms located in high-wind areas and the construction of thousands of miles of new transmission lines, which is significantly expensive,” Fugitte went on to say. “Using distributive solutions, in virtually any environment, and putting wind energy directly in the hands of individuals, gives people the power to lower their costs, improve the environment and combat climate change. It’s not the only solution, but distributive power is certainly part of the solution.”