The Block Island Times

Wind energy the focus of  Metcalf Institute  free public lecture

By Staff | Feb 19, 2013

With southern New England poised to have the first offshore wind farm in the nation, Metcalf Institute will hold a public lecture on Thursday, March 14, at 3:30 p.m. by Philip Warburg, author of Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability.

Warburg, former president of the Conservation Law Foundation, will describe his own journey to witness wind power’s dramatic ascent across the American heartland.  From the Kansas prairie and the cornfields of Iowa to the eastern slopes of the Rockies, he will describe the ways in which wind farms have begun to transform America’s energy economy.  While introducing the farmers, factory workers, and high-tech entrepreneurs who are moving wind technology forward, he will also delve into some of the environmental challenges we face as wind power scales up to supply a third or more of America’s electricity.

The lecture, which will take place at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Narragansett Bay Campus in the Coastal Institute Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

About Metcalf Institute

Metcalf Institute is a national leader in providing environmental science training for journalists to improve public understanding of science and the environment.  In addition to its professional development programs for the news media, Metcalf Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics.



Comments (1)
Posted by: Michael Hickey | Feb 19, 2013 20:23

It's a fools errand to think you can build, or in the case of Rhode Island, attempt to rebuild an economy by charging 400% higher electricity, which is what Deepwater Wind is asking for their power from the Block Island Project.   Sadly, the prospect of the Deepwater project and the manner in which it was approved must have had a chilling effect on attracting new business to this state. Europe's economy is in tatters partially as a result of their embrace of wind and solar at far higher than market prices.

The midwest is enjoying a manufacturing boom due to cheap and plentiful natural gas.  The State of RI needs to wake up and take advantage of that, put the Deepwater project on the back burner until their prices are consistent with market prices, and rebuild it's economy with cheap power as a start.

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