While other states are generating more and more energy from wind power, Ohio just talks about it. Based on a report by the American Wind Energy Association (Nov 2008), Ohio generates a pitiful 7 megawatts from wind. What about our neighbors? Pennsylvania has 323, West Virginia 230, New York 707, Indiana 131, Illinois 744, Wisconsin 395 and Minnesota 1,377! How embarrassing is this! Where is our leadership in Ohio? Locally, why does BGSU Firelands still not have a wind turbine 21/2 years after receiving a federal grant? By the way, kudos to Perkins Schools for their wind turbine project!
Modern wind turbine towers pose far less hazard to birds than communication towers and windows in buildings and homes. Wind power will help us achieve energy independence, attract industry, create jobs and provide a cleaner environment! Ohio, get with the program because right now we are being left way behind!
Editor's note: The author recently retired as the national coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Airport Wildlife Hazards Program, based at NASA Plum Brook, which studied and sought remedies for the hazards posed by each other to wildlife and aircraft around airports.