- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)6
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
Harnessing the wind
Rock Port, Mo., in far northwest Missouri declared last week that the town of 1,300 has become the first U.S. city to get all of its electricity from wind power.
The St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group, according to an article by the Associated Press, and John Deere Wind Energy built a wind farm of towering turbines on bluffs not far from the Missouri River west of Rock Port. The wind farm generates five megawatts each day, almost twice as much electricity as the town needs.
This is an exciting development. Although there are considerable up-front costs -- the farm cost $90 million, wind comes cheap. And wind is abundant in northwest Missouri, where rolling farmland without hills or dense forests does little to impede the flow of the wind.
The leaders of Rock Port and of the businesses that developed the wind farm are to be congratulated for their cooperation and foresight.