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Future Nevada homes powered by wind

Wind turbinesNevada has a lot of open spaces across its deserts and long mountain ranges where wind has the freedom to race and swirl as fast as it can. It sometimes blows into Las Vegas valley with such a fury that it knocks unsuspecting and tipsy visitors into resort pools. Besides, on those days you don't want to play golf.

The idea to harness this natural resource has been slowly gaining traction here. Recently a major hurdle was overcome when Senator Reid convinced the Defense Department to drop its objections to the development of a wind farm in Wilson Creek Range in the eastern part of the state, about 180 miles from Vegas. It could become the site for a 450-megawatt project. Sierra Pacific Resources, owner of the state's two largest utilities, has plans to build a 200-megawatt facility in northeastern Nevada. There clearly seems to be a healthy dose of momentum toward harnessing this free and clean energy source.

A few challenges remain, however. Environmental groups are generally in favor of renewable energy, including wind, but in this case they are concerned about bird destruction and the impact support roads will have on the mountains where the farms would go. The federal tax credits the wind power industry presently enjoys are set to end in 2008, unless extended by Congress. And then there is the transmission of power that currently doesn't receive tax credits. It's estimated to cost $1 million per mile to bring power from these remote locations to service points while coal, the main competitor, still is much cheaper.

Sierra Pacific Resources has a mandate to produce 20% of its power from renewable sources by 2015 and its intention is to have wind play an important role in meeting that goal. At this juncture Nevada doesn't have one single wind turbine in operation, so it has to get with the program. Or else. Industry projections hold that Nevada has the capacity to generate from 1,000 to 1,500 megawatts of wind power, which would supply around 1 million homes.

It was surprising to discover that the Defense Department over the years has been the major barrier to wind power development in the state. Supposedly the tall towers would interfere with Air Force's radar operations and complicate their training maneuvers. Somehow these claims appear thin. It's a large state where there should be enough room for the planes and the turbines.




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Esko Kiuru
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Comment balloon 20 commentsEsko Kiuru • November 17 2007 09:11PM


Hi Esko,

Great idea for energy, we need to do much more for our energy in the future.

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 12 years ago
We need to do what Sweden has done.  They have practically freed themselves of needing to depend on other countries for their energy.  We are behind the times needing dinosaur fuel.  Your wind mills are clean and non polluting.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) over 12 years ago


We are taking small steps here in the right direction.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago


Our energy policy needs a major overhaul, that's for sure.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago
Interesting post. Thanks for sharing this with us all.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 12 years ago
More and more states have looked into this source of energy.  One other concern I have heard of is that  too many birds get killed by the rotating blades.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 12 years ago

Bob & Carolin,

This is at least a start. More needs to be done.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago


The turbines seem to cause some trouble for many reasons.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago
Esko, A combination of solar panels and wind turbines can create enough energy for some single family homes to sell electricity back to the utility company.  We can't do it in my market area, because it is an urban setting and the population density is too great.  I do hope that they can solve the problem of so many birds being slaughtered by these giant windmills as they are an important part of our ecosystem, too.
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Wow thats amazing, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Tyghre Collentine (Coldwell Banker Burnet) over 12 years ago
we need to see more of this! great post!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago


Doing both wind and solar would really make a difference.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago


Great plans but let's make it happen.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago

Bill & Barbara Jo,

Yes, more of this is in greatly needed.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago

Bill & Barbara Jo,

Yes, more of this is in greatly needed.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago

Esko...Found this post very interesting.  I visited Antarctica last year and am even more concerned about the environment.  Good to see the windmills.

Cheers, Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 12 years ago


Hopefully we get a bunch of them here very soon.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago
Wind power is one of the few alternative energies that seems to make good sense.  Hope these generators continue popping up.
Posted by Larry Wright (nwRealty.Com) over 12 years ago


Hopefully Nevada gets one of these wind farms operational pretty soon.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago
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