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Wind energy potential is widespread in the USA. Forty-six states have good wind resources. Development of just 10% of ten of the windiest States could provide more than enough energy to displace emissions from all coal-fired power plants. The states with the highest cost of electricity are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Arizona @7.8¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$67.55 value of 866 kWh per month
06.0 Flagstaff
06.0 Phoenix
08.3 Tucson
09.0 Winslow
08.0 Yuma

Arkansas @7.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$61.49 value of 866 kWh per month
07.0 Blytheville
08.0 Fort Smith
08.0 Little Rock

California @12.2¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$105.65 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Alemeda
06.0 Bakersfield
10.0 Barstow
09.0 Bishop
06.0 China Lake
10.0 Daggett
07.0 Eureka
09.0 Fairfield
06.0 Fresno
06.0 Long Beach
08.0 Los Angeles
07.0 Monterey
06.0 Mountain View
10.0 Palmdale
06.0 Point Magu
09.0 Red Bluff
07.0 Redding
08.0 Sacramento
10.0 San Bernardino
07.0 San Clemente
07.0 San Diego
11.0 San Francisco
10.0 San Nicholas
06.0 Santa Barbara
07.0 Santa Maria
07.0 Stockton

California consumer interest in home wind energy generators has increased sharply since the beginning of the year as the state's prolonged electricity crisis has made daily headlines and raised customer fears of rate shock. The San Diego Regional Energy Office offers a 50% rebate on small energy systems.

Colorado @7.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$61.49 value of 866 kWh per month
07.0 Alamosa
10.0 Colorado Springs
10.0 Denver
08.1 Grand Junction
08.6 Pueblo

"If there ever was a time to increase our investment in clean, economical renewable energy, now is that time," said Colorado Senator Terry Phillips. The price of natural gas has recently doubled in Colorado. Colorado has the potential to produce more than 15 times its current electricity needs from renewable energy sources. Colorado could easily move to the head of the class by putting it's steady winds to work.

Connecticut @10.9¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$94.39 value of 866 kWh per month
12.0 Bridgeport
08.5 Hartford

"We are just bullish on wind and we see it continuing to grow".

Delaware @8.2¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$71.01 value of 866 kWh per month
09.1 Wilmington

As Americans become more detached from their power sources, sacrificing for an invisible grid holds less and less appeal. But the stakes are high. According to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Americans - 56 percent - believes the United States is likely to face a critical energy shortage within five years. "People don't realize how interconnected we [and] the grid have become." The blackout also revealed how starkly little Americans know about their most important utilities. For millions in New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, and Ottawa, though, the blackout was a clear lesson in how little we can afford to forget.

District of Columbia @7.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING
$64.95 value of 866 kWh per month
09.4 Washington

Florida @8.4¢/kWh electrical cost average
NO NET METERING BENEFIT
08.0 Cocoa Beach
09.0 Daytona Beach
08.0 Fort Meyers
07.0 Gainsville
08.0 Jacksonville
11.2 Key West
09.3 Miami
08.6 Orlando
06.0 Panama City
10.0 Pensacola
06.0 Tallahassee
08.3 Tampa
08.4 Vero Beach
10.0 West Palm Beach

Georgia @7.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$64.95 value of 866 kWh per month
06.0 Albany
07.0 Athena
09.1 Atlanta
06.0 Augusta
07.0 Brunswick
07.0 Columbus
08.0 Macon
08.0 Savannah

Hawaii @14.7¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$127.30 value of 866 kWh per month
09.0 Barbera Point
07.0 Hilo
11.3 Honolulu
15.0 Kahului
09.0 Kaneohe Bay
12.3 Lihue
12.0 Pearl Harbor
07.0 Wahiawa

June 29, 2003 Hawai'i homeowners can claim energy tax credits for five more years, which officials hope will keep Hawai'i at the forefront of renewable energy use. Gov. Linda Lingle signed a bill Thursday to extend the credits until January 2008 for families and businesses that install wind-powered energy systems. Single families who buy wind-powered energy systems qualify for a 20 percent tax credit, up to $1,500.

Idaho @6.6¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$57.16 value of 866 kWh per month
09.0 Boise
06.0 Lewiston
10.1 Pocatello

Illinois @8.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING LIMITED
$70.15 value of 866 kWh per month
08.5 Cairo
11.0 Chicago
10.0 Moline
10.0 Peoria
10.0 Rantoul
10.0 Rockford
11.1 Springfield

Instead of spending money on fossil fuels, Illinois conservation and consumer groups are urging lawmakers to invest in renewable energies, such as wind and solar, which don’t generate air pollution. Illinois does not have a net metering law. However, the largest utility in the state – Commonwealth Edison, which serves Chicago and portions of Northern Illinois – is making net metering available to its customers on an experimental basis.

Indiana @6.9¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$59.75 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Columbus
08.0 Evansville
10.0 Fort Wayne
10.0 Indianapolis
08.0 Peru
10.2 South Bend

Grant Smith, utility program director for the Indianapolis-based group, said regulators and utilities should focus their resources on energy efficiency programs, alternative energy sources and better technology. Alternative sources such as wind power could also be a boon to electric consumers and move the system to a more decentralized network that depends less on moving power over great distances, he said.

Iowa @8.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$69.28 value of 866 kWh per month
11.0 Des Moines
11.0 Dubuque
11.0 Sioux City
11.0 Waterloo

Iowa ranks third nationally in terms of installed wind power capacity, behind only California and Texas. From 1999 to 2001, wind energy capacity in Iowa grew by 33%. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that Iowa has the potential to produce nearly five times its own annual electrical needs through wind power. Interest in wind power is growing among Iowa farmers. Iowa ranks as the 10th windiest state in the nation. North-central and northwest Iowa boast the state's highest wind speeds, averaging about 15 to 18 miles per hour.

Kansas @7.3¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING PENDING
$63.22 value of 866 kWh per month
12.2 Concordia
14.0 Dodge City
13.0 Goodland
11.2 Topeka
13.7 Wichita

The state's wind resources are greater than Saudi Arabian oil reserves. Kansas was named last year the No. 1 state for potential wind resources in a study published by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Kansas is full of ideas. A Kansas energy consultant has come up with a recipe to cook cow pies into kilowatts and get rid of a smelly pollution problem in the process. A proposed waste-to-energy plant would convert manure from more than 6,000 milk cows into electricity for 800 homes, with organic potting soil and irrigation water as byproducts.

Kentucky @5.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$47.63 value of 866 kWh per month
06.0 Fort Campbell
07.0 Jackson
10.1 Lexington
08.8 Louisville
08.1 Paducah

A Kentucky local wisely said "The quiet sound of the windmill is the sound of coal not being mined". Enough said.

Maine @11.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$99.59 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Bangor
11.2 Caribou
09.6 Portland

"Anything is better than coal," a Mainer said. "It will be a positive difference that there will be no emissions - a lot less than coal burned," Maine has had issues with coal dust. "I’d much rather see them put up windmills or solar panels for electricity. That’s happening in Vermont where they have wind turbines. That’s a whole lot cleaner".

Massachusetts @11.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$95.26 value of 866 kWh per month
15.4 Blue Hill
13.3 Boston
06.0 Chicope Falls
09.0 Falmouth
15.0 Milton
11.0 Worcester

Robert Pratt, director of the Renewable Energy Trust, said that "we will deliver renewable energy from the coast and Berkshire Mountains. There are a variety of ways to use wind for all kinds of purposes; people are wanting to see green power." See Massachusetts personal income tax credit of 15%.

Michigan see http://www.cgecwm.org/center-for-ecological-design/net-metering/

Minnesota @7.2¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$62.35 value of 866 kWh per month
12.6 Duluth
09.0 International Falls
11.2 Minneapolis-St.Paul
13.1 Rochester
08.0 Saint Cloud

The answer to some of the state’s energy needs may be blowing in the wind. Electricity from wind power and other renewable sources, often called “green power,” could eventually account for 10 to 20 percent of the supply. While not normally thought of as a windy state, Minnesota has the ninth best wind resources in the nation, according to Mark Rathbun with Great River Energy. He said the state is third or fourth nationally in wind generating capacity, alternating with Iowa, depending on new projects. “Only California and Texas have more,” Rathbun said. While southwest Minnesota has almost cornered the market for wind energy, state officials say other locations with prime wind resources include Clay, Becker and Otter Tail counties in the West Central area and, to a lesser extent, Lake and Cook counties.

Montana @6.9¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$59.75 value of 866 kWh per month
11.2 Billings
11.0 Glasgow
13.9 Great Falls
10.0 Havre
08.0 Helena
06.0 Kalispell
06.0 Missoula

The wind is always blowing someplace in Montana, Secretary of State Bob Brown said Thursday 5/22/03 at Montana State University. Montana is on the cusp of a tremendous opportunity here. Wind-power technology is improving and the economic value is proven. Montana's wind resources are enormous. The farming and ranching community likes the idea. The legislature is now considering tax credits and other incentives.

Nebraska @6.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING PENDING
$52.83 value of 866 kWh per month
12.0 Grand Island
10.3 Lincoln
12.0 Norfolk
10.2 North Platte
11.0 Omaha
11.0 Scotts Bluff
09.7 Valentine

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that Nebraska could generate more than 50 times its current energy needs from wind power alone. One doesn't have to live in Nebraska for very long to know that most days the wind is blowing hard across the Plains. Experts back up that perception. They say Nebraska is the sixth windiest state in the country.

Nevada @9.4¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$81.40 value of 866 kWh per month
06.0 Elko
10.3 Ely
09.3 Las Vegas
07.0 Tonopah
08.0 Winnemucca

Nevada native Jason Geddes, a member of the University of Nevada, Reno's department of Environmental Health and Safety, says now is the time for Nevada to seize its opportunity to go to the forefront of the renewable energy movement.

New Hampshire @11.7¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$101.32 value of 866 kWh per month
07.0 Concord
35.0 Mount Washington
07.0 Portsmouth

New Jersey @10.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$86.60 value of 866 kWh per month
10.0 Atlantic City
10.2 Newark
09.0 Trenton

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has switched to wind energy to power its facility in Edison, N.J., and is encouraging New Jersey businesses and government agencies to also consider this move to reduce their environmental impact.

New Mexico @8.4¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$72.74 value of 866 kWh per month
09.0 Albuquerque
12.0 Clayton
08.0 Clovis
08.6 Roswell

Generation from wind is particularly attractive in this region because of the strength of winds here and because wind generation, compared to generation at conventional power plants, conserves water, which is particularly important in this area.

New York @13.3¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING PENDING
NET METERING LEGISLATION PASSED THE ASSEMBLY BEING CONSIDERED BY THE SENATE
$115.18 value of 866 kWh per month
08.9 Albany
10.2 Binghamton
11.9 Buffalo
08.9 Islip
09.4 Central Park
11.9 JFK AP
12.2 Laguardia AP
08.8 Rochester

Several bills would expand NY's current solar net metering law (Public Service Law §66-j) to include small wind turbines (100 kilowatts and below) and commercial scale photovoltaic systems (PV). Net metering would ensure landowners receive fair value for electricity supplied to the electric grid from small wind turbines. S.6825a (Wright) A.11280. (Englebright/Tonko); A.8976a (Tonko); A-6447a (Englebright), and S.3547 (Hoffman), A-7009 (Schimminger), S.5229 & S.4609 (Rath), and A.8916 (Ortiz). Wind Energy Tax Credit & Net Metering (A-9064): This bill establishes a $7500 tax credit for landowners that adopt small wind turbines for electric power production. (This is a similar design to the existing tax credit for residential solar energy investment). The bill would extend and expand NY’s current solar net metering law to include small wind turbines (100 kW or smaller). The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has at least $2.5 million in incentives to encourage wind technology in New York State.

North Carolina @11.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING PENDING
$95.26 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Ashville
11.1 Cape Hatteras
08.0 Charlotte
06.0 Cherry Point
06.0 Goldsboro
08.0 Greensboro
08.0 Raleigh
08.7 Wilmington

North Carolina has one of the best income tax credit provision for wind energy in the nation, including a 35% credit for small systems for residential buildings.

North Dakota @6.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$52.83 value of 866 kWh per month
10.2 Bismarck
12.3 Fargo
09.0 Grand Forks
09.0 Minot
10.0 Williston

North Dakota alone is theoretically capable of producing enough wind power to meet more than one-third of U.S. electricity demand.

Ohio @7.8¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$67.55 value of 866 kWh per month
10.0 Akron
08.4 Columbus
09.1 Cincinnati
11.0 Cleveland
10.0 Dayton
11.0 Mansfield
10.0 Toledo
10.0 Youngstown

Grant Smith, utility program director for the Indianapolis-based group, said regulators and utilities should focus their resources on energy efficiency programs, alternative energy sources and better technology. Alternative sources such as wind power could be a boon to electric consumers and move the system to a more decentralized network that depends less on moving power over great distances.

Oklahoma @6.1¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$52.83 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Altus
12.0 Burns Flat
12.0 Clinton
10.0 Enid
13.0 Oklahoma City
10.3 Tulsa

Oregon @7.4¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$64.08 value of 866 kWh per month
08.5 Astoria
08.0 Eugene
07.0 Klamath Falls
08.6 Pendleton
08.0 Portland
07.0 Salem

Renewable energy also will create economic benefits for Oregon. The federal Department of Energy estimates that Oregon has excellent wind resources capable of supplying nearly all of the state's electricity needs.

Pennsylvania @9.3¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$80.54 value of 866 kWh per month
09.2 Allentown
08.4 Avoca
11.2 Erie
07.0 Middletown
07.0 Harrisburg
10.0 Philadelphia
09.1 Pittsburgh
08.0 Scranton
08.0 Williamsport

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty says "wind energy systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems available for individuals. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our energy needs."

Puerto Rico @10.0¢/kWh electrical cost average
$86.60 value of 866 kWh per month
08.9 San Juan

Rhoad Island @10.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$86.60 value of 866 kWh per month
10.5 Providence
09.0 Quonset Point

Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island said "a renewable standard as a way to protect the nation's energy security. An embarrassingly low 2 percent of America's power comes from renewable sources. It is high time for the country to set a higher goal."

South Dakota @7.2¢/kWh electrical cost average
NO NET METERING BENEFIT
11.2 Aberdeen
11.5 Huron
11.3 Rapid City
11.1 Sioux Falls

"Wind energy supplements the other sources of electricity ... hydro, coal, nuclear," a spokesperson noted. "It is a nice supplement to our other natural resources."

Texas @8.2¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$71.00 value of 866 kWh per month
12.0 Abilene
13.5 Amarillo
09.2 Austin
11.4 Brownsville
12.0 Corpus Christi
11.0 Dallas-Ft.Worth
10.0 Del Rio
09.0 El Paso
11.0 Galveston
08.0 Houston
12.0 Laredo
13.0 Lubbock
11.1 Midland-Odessa
10.0 Port Arthur
10.0 San Antonio
10.0 Sherman
10.4 St. Angelo
10.0 Victoria
11.2 Waco
11.6 Wichita Falls

Texas, a state famous for its love affair with fossil fuels, has quietly begun a courtship with wind power that could push it to the nation's forefront in clean energy. Prodded by easy access to vast open plains with steady, strong winds, Texas has become the second-largest wind producer in the country, after California. Wind power generation in Texas is enough to power about 500,000 homes in the energy-thirsty Lone Star state. Texas' reputation as a home to oil wildcatters and dusty plains populated by derricks has sometimes overshadowed the growth of its renewable energy industry, not that it matters to Texans.

Utah @6.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$56.29 value of 866 kWh per month
09.0 Salt Lake City
06.0 Wendover

If Utah really wants to, it could huff and puff and blow enough windmill energy to meet the state's growing demand for electricity. That's the word from Lt. Gov. Olene Walker and Utah Energy Office staff. Utah offers a state income tax credit for small wind energy systems. The credit for residential systems is 25 percent of the equipment and installation cost up to a maximum of $2,000. Commercial systems receive a 10 percent tax credit up to a maximum of $50,000.

Vermont @12.6¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$109.12 value of 866 kWh per month
09.0 Burlington

Gov. James Douglas's book on the future of Vermont, "The Douglas Vision," includes a call for more renewable energy sources, like wind. Johnson said the state has to diversify its power sources. Dependency on Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which each make up a third of Vermont's power, is risky, and both end in 2012, Johnson said, leaving the state with a 65 percent hole to fill. "Vermont is in a very vulnerable position".

Virginia @7.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$64.95 value of 866 kWh per month
08.0 Hampton
07.0 Lynchburg
11.0 Norfolk
07.0 Quantico
08.0 Richmond
08.0 Roanoke

Washington @6.5¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$56.29 value of 866 kWh per month
07.0 Everett
07.0 Olympia
06.0 Quillayute
09.0 Seattle
09.0 Spokane
06.0 Whidbey Island
07.0 Yakima

Environmental groups have thrown their support behind wind projects. Utilities catering to pollution-conscious customers and spooked over costly spikes in natural-gas prices are increasingly seeking out "green energy." The Governor has recognized that wind power is a rapidly evolving technology, akin to the computer industry.

Wisconsin @8.0¢/kWh meter33 NET METERING STATE
$69.28 value of 866 kWh per month
10.0 Green Bay
09.0 La Crosse
10.0 Madison
12.0 Milwaukee

At a time when Wisconsin is looking to build additional generation and transmission facilities, the State is considering the importance of windpower.
 
 
 

 

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