Are you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?
Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
My father is currently investigating a number of alternative energy sources that can be implemented on our 250 acre family farm in upstate New York. He has already planted several acres of rape seed that he will press into canola oil for biodiesel this fall. He is also interested in solar and hydroelectric power.
What excites you about this campaign?
Everything! It thrills me that an oil man is taking an active role in researching and promoting the use of alternative energy and is actually putting real effort into organizing the movement. I am also glad to see that Mr. Pickens is quoting actual statistics and percentages in support of his cause rather than making vague statements like so many public figures do.
What do you want to do to help?
Anything that is needed.
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Our cost effective, new rooftop mount home wind turbine kits that I am building are great. The profile is pretty sleek and attractive. The system is actually a home appliance and doesn't really stand out much more than an antennae, chimney, or satellite dish. This makes a nice clean way for homeowners to get into the clean energy movement. The systems are inexpensive, easy to install and scaleable.
These systems have wind/solar built right in. The wind is stronger in the winter months, sun is stronger in the summer months, we designed a system that is attractively priced, that gives an even flow of energy year round. Wind power scales down in size to be perfectly feasible for a homeowner sized system to provide power for their home. Many customers have found it easy to become wind turbine customer/dealers. They are able to do this with no further investment and they see how easy people are to get interested.
I have used them to save money on my electricity costs and Sarah, you could too. The systems pay for themselves in 5 to 10 years depending on your local wind resources, and they last for 25 or 30 years before needing a rebuild. Have a look at these windmaps and see can you pinpoint what number your area is in. 2 is OK and anything over 2 is very good. Let's double check your wind resources are good.
MAINE GOVERNOR BALDACCI AND FIRST WIND COMMEMORATE ONE YEAR OF OPERATIONS AT MARS HILL WIND
State and community leaders attend anniversary event for New England’s first utility-scale wind project, which generated over 133 million kilowatt hours in its first year
Boston, MA—March 25, 2008—First Wind, an independent North American wind power company, today commemorated the first year of full commercial operations for Mars Hill Wind at a one-year anniversary event. In its first year of operation, the site has generated enough power for more than 19,000 New England homes.
At the an event hosted by First Wind and the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) at the Big Rock Ski Area in Mars Hill, Maine Governor John E. Baldacci spoke about the project and provided insight into the future development of wind power and other renewable energy in Maine.
“The State of Maine is in a position to benefit from clean wind power projects such as Mars Hill Wind, which is why I created the Wind Power Development Task Force last year,” said Governor John E. Baldacci. “In addition to serving as a source for renewable energy, these projects help reduce Maine’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, provide economic development, and promote security.”
The event featured a number of state and community leaders, including Gov. Baldacci, DOC Commissioner Patrick McGowan, Mars Hill Town Manager Ray Mersereau, and Brent Boyles, president of Maine and Maritimes Corporation.
Since beginning commercial operations on March 27, 2007, Mars Hill Wind has generated more than 133,500,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity and a corresponding number of Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
RECs are credits that individuals, institutions or businesses can buy to compensate for the amount of nonrenewable, greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels – such as coal, oil and natural gas – used in their vehicles, homes, offices or other facilities.
“As home to New England’s first utility-scale wind project, the State of Maine has taken a leadership role in fostering the development of new sources of clean, wind energy,” said Paul Gaynor, President and CEO of First Wind. “Due to the success of this project and thanks to the support of the Governor along with other state and community leaders, First Wind is pleased to continue to help grow the state’s renewable energy portfolio, which will soon include our 57 megawatt Stetson Wind project in Washington County.”
First Wind expects to begin operations of Stetson Wind by the end of 2008. It is currently under construction about 65 miles south of Mars Hill, near Danforth, Maine.
First Wind is based in Newton, Massachusetts. First Wind is an American-owned company, with a proven track record of developing, owning, and operating well-sited, community-friendly wind farms that increase energy independence. For more information on First Wind, please visit www.firstwind.com.
I joined the Pickens Plan about a week ago and have spent some time today looking over the features of our website. I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m very excited about our community because I’m also a member of one.org (U2 – Bono – World Hunger) and have personally seen the results of people banning together and influencing our government. The Internet has made it possible. Please keep in touch. All the best, Luis Garcia…
PLEASE email the Pickens Plan video to everyone you know. www.pickensplan.com. Ask them to join. Ask them to pass it along. Time is of the essence. If every member had 10 friends join today, we could put the number of members over 1 million very quickly!
If we can not get critical numbers how can we take advantage of this golden opportunity? High gas prices have "woken up" America to our plight and a paradigm shift like not other is in the wind. We need to do this now.
So many new members write "I want to help, what can I do?" This is a start. We may not get to the next step if we can not get this one done.
Our leaders can not ignore millions of members of the Pickens Plan. We are not there yet. One person can make a difference.