A small town in Missouri known as Rock Port has become the first community in the U.S. to operate completely on wind power.
According to a map published by the U.S. Department of Energy, Missouri has the highest concentrations of wind resources, so Rock Port is using four wind turbines out of a larger set of 75 located across three counties to gather its power.
This initiative by Rock Port is benefiting many people in different ways. Not only is it bringing environmental recognition to the town, but it will also:
- Bring in more than $1.1 million in real estate taxes
- Benefit landowners who lease their property for wind turbines
- Provide electric service for at least 20 years
- Not increase utility rates for the next 15-20 years
Sounds like a win/win situation for the people and the environment.
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Alternative energy is becoming increasingly more important with each passing day, so we need to realize the benefits of what towns like Rock Port are doing for the future of the environment and follow in their footsteps.