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I was employed with Central & Southwest (CSW) the parent company of several electric companies to include West Texas Utilities (WTU) based in Abilene, TX, Public Service Company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Central Power & Light based in Corpus Christi, TX and SWEPCO, based in Louisiana. I worked in the WTU (a very large piece of Texas) service territory and was the news media/external comminucations contact person. I was also the editor for CSW's newsletter, RENEWS featuring news about renewable energy. All of CSW's efforts in regard to renewable energy were based in the WTU service territory.
WTU had an impressive solar and wind turbine farm located near Fort Davis, Texas (no longer there) and I wrote & researched articles for the newsletter and managed media contacts for renewable energy. I had two company vehicles, a Ford Taurus (no big deal) and a $200,000 Dodge Electric Van (a very BIG deal.) I drove and promoted the electric van on a daily basis in the Abilene area, and used it in parades in communities across the WTU service territory. The van was totally electric, had a range of nearly 40 miles and was incredible technology having been designed in 1994. I am also planting a test crop of Jatrpoha trees (they produce a very high-grade biofuel) on my farm here in Central Texas. If my crop of Jatropha trees show value and promise, I plan to plant more and more of these trees next growing season.
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We are throwing away the wealth of this nation by buying goods made in China and sending $700 billion each year (to purchase foreign crude oil) to foreign countries who hate us. In the process, our country is being purchased by those foreign entities WITH OUR PREVIOUS WEALTH, and we are losing control of our very own country. Renewable "home-grown" energy might help recapture our wealth and preserve our nation for "home-grown" future generations of young Americans.
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BA Degree, Mass Communications... 27 years of professional experience in television (with international experience) and corporate & govt. public relations... Public speaking experience.
Emmy nomination, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences... Taught television production at a private university...
I'm a professional communicator, tell me what I can do!
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Hi R. S., Here is a way to help and give tools to all of us for getting more RE projects started. I have been pushing for the sell of US Treasury "Energy Independence Savings Bonds". Savings bonds are normally purchased in $25 increments. This gives a way for just about any American to tighten their belts just a bit by skipping a meal at McDonalds or Pizza Hut and buying a RE savings bond to support a project. I need help pushing this project, I've faxed and emailed many in Congress/Senate already. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a copy of a fax sent to Nancy Pelosi yesterday:
Honorable Speaker of the House Congresswoman Pelosi,
I am an Electronic Technician Chief in the US Navy with 27 years service stationed overseas. I’m outlying an idea to assist and work with current plans for achieving energy independence. I urge you, as speaker of the house and the driving force to form the select committee on energy independence and global warming, consider for discussion and introduction into the house US Treasury Savings Bonds for Energy Independance.
In WWII America sold war bonds supporting the war effort. When young, my mother told me her primary school raised enough money through bonds to build a tank to support troops. I am impressed with the patriotism and purpose of our greatest generation that accomplished so much.
Selling energy bonds for RE (Renewable Energy) development would lower foreign oil imports and assist with the complex problem of funding. Bonds sold as “Energy S” could support new solar trough plants, “Energy W” to support wind farms, Energy “H” to support hydroelectric plants, Energy “T” to support RE transportation such as electric bullet train routes powered by RE, Energy "C" COOPS for small communities only needing a small quantity of turbines, and Energy “I” for needed infrastructure high voltage power lines to the RE site. Bonds will have the project name and include an artist’s perspective of the project and an American flag. President Obama had great success with the internet during his campaign. In a similar manner, using the internet, energy bonds could have a website listing current projects and an “electronic checkout” could purchase a bond $25 or higher. Simpler methods of payment such as “PAYPAL” and credit cards would be available and after an electronic purchase is complete a color print out of the bond is available with a follow up of the bond in the mail. The website would limit quantity of projects for each category until funding is complete. After a project becomes funded, a new project will be available. A tab on the site will show history and status of previous projects. Purchasers may take great pride in “collecting” and displaying bonds of various RE projects and participating at different levels of financial support. Solar trough plants in the multi-hundred MW size capacity with molten salt energy storage in California, Arizona, and West Texas can provide a major portion of electric needs. North Dakota has potential to support 1/3 of our nations electric needs in it’s class 4 wind zone areas. There are plenty of suitable proposed wind turbine farms now around the nation to significantly increase our RE if funded. Mid sized hydro-electric has not been used in America to it’s full potential. Following the example of our neighbor, Canada, it would provide a significant increase in percentage of electric production. Developing all three we could provide the majority of our electric and heating needs through renewable energy in a "New New Deal" fashion allowing natural gas for transportation as T. Boone Pickens is working for. Bullet train routes have proven a viable alternative to commercial domestic air service and when powered by electricity provided by RE suppliers America would be in the forefront of world technology. Example, I heard of discussion for a commuter train from Denver to Colorado Springs. Such a route built as a renewable energy project with charter requirement legally requiring to only purchase electricity from available renewable energy sources would be a model example. There are many train routes, city bus systems, and government vehicles that can be converted to run from alternative energy sources and fuels. Jobs created would bolster the economy, lower trade deficit, and strengthen national security. I would take great pride in print outs of bonds with graphics of each project I supported and many other Americans would also. The energy bonds could have tax breaks. BLM lands may be a viable place to start for some projects.
I contacted the US treasury department and was told that the marketing department for savings bonds closed several years ago. I was told there would be problems because savings bonds are at the federal level while the projects will be at the state and local level. I disagree and believe that these can easily be figured out in the way of grants to the state and local level using money from the bonds for those specific projects. I was told to check out auctions on the www.treasurydirect.gov website and found them to not apply to citizens wanting to buy savings bonds to support a cause such as energy independance. I was told by the treasury department to look into CREB (Clean Renewable Energy Bonds). I found CREB to be large scale funding that a citizen would not be able to participate in as a US Treasury Energy Independance Bond would provide. If given the tools to participate directly, the power of the citizens of the United States to help achieve energy independance could not be denied. Americans mean well and the Energy Independance Savings bond program will give citizens the power at their level to make it happen. If marketed through a web page, commercials, and to federal employees the word would get out and participation would spread like wildfire.
Mr. Paul Gipe, a resident of Bakersfield CA, an author of several books about wind energy, and recipient of multiple awards as a pioneer in the industry since the 1970's has put a letter I wrote to Senator Dorgan on this subject as well as an older letter I wrote on wind COOP in JAN07. These websites are:
Hello Sterling, These new roof mounting residential wind turbine kits shipping now. The kits are attractive, sleek, well designed to install as a home appliance on the roof, much like an antennae or satellite dish. They are as easy to install as other home appliances, like dishwasher, etc. You can now begin a personal energy plan. These systems are inexpensive, easy to install, scaleable.
Your Wind blows stronger in the winter, Your Sun shines stronger in the summer months. This hybrid wind/solar system combines these cycles to give a more even flow of energy year round. This homeowner sized wind/solar system provides free power for your home. Many customers have found it easy to become customer/dealers of our kits. Customers can become a dealer with no further investment, they see quickly how people are easy to get interested.
I have used the same systems save money on my electricity costs and Sterling, you can too. Your local wind resources are so good in Oklahoma. Please see these windmaps at the link below and pinpoint what number your area is in. Zone 2 is OK, anything over 2 is (very) good. First double check your wind resources from the map and links below.
I'm not an agronomist, nurseryman or farmer of any type. In fact, I have trouble keeping my house plants alive (except for the Purple Passion plant I got at my wife's Sweet Sixteen party a few years back - it's doing pretty good) but I have huge respect for the Cornell University Ag School which has great extension programs and networks that you can read about here: http://libertyisgreen.com/index.php?topic=155.0. These guys not only feed the world but now they're fueling it too!
I watched teh vide on your DAd and it was very moving. My Dad learned to fly in WWII - for all I know your Dad might have taught him.
My Dad taught me to fly and the T6 shown I bought in part as tribute to him as he taol stories about flying T6s in Texas in WWII. I see you built an airplane - I built and still won an RV-4. The T6 in the picture is sadly the victim of a Ground loop but I hope to rebuild someday.