The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

| 11/3/2011 8:36:03 PM

Today, I attended a ground-breaking ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The ground-breaking was for a new 100KW (one hundred-thousand watts) wind turbine project to be located at the Port of Milwaukee.

Creating renewable energy through wind turbines is a natural fit for the coastlines of this country, including the "Middle Coast" of the Great Lakes. As I arrived at the event, it was clear that this was a great place for wind energy - most of the event took place indoors due to the weather, mostly the wind.

As I stepped in to the Port Authority building, it was already packed with a good size crowd. Televison cameramen had already lined up for the best view of the podium where the “press conference” part of the event would be held at. Since I had my slightly-fancier-than-average video camera with me, I just snuggled up between the wall and the CBS affiliate. When one of the city officials was greeting the media before the start of the event, she asked me who I was with. I told her that I was a clean transportation blogger. Much to my surprise, she was excited to have me there, asked for a card, and wanted to know more about what I did!

Wow, suddenly, I’m the media!

Moments later, the Mayor of Milwaukee made his way in, squeezing right past me, and began the press conference. He spoke for a few minutes on the positive benefits of wind power, thanked the people that helped make this project possible, and emphasized how this was all being done through grants (no raising the local taxes!)

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