National Clean Energy Week: what wind power means to Rural America
AWEA’s article celebrating National Clean Energy Week features stories from the wind community in Fowler Indiana. We’re proud to see our VP of Operations Mike Kidwell featured (starting at the 1 minute 30 second mark).
As originally written in the AWEA blog:
Most notable was a recent Wall Street Journal profile of Benton County, Indiana (pop. 8,500). Benton County is home to half of Indiana’s installed wind capacity, and wind development has drawn about $2 billion of investment into the area. As the Journal reported, this has brought enormous benefits to Benton County residents:
“Wind developers have made $17 million in payments to the county and have spent $33 million on roads, a boon for an economically struggling community that about a decade earlier considered hosting a waste dump to generate jobs and government revenue.
“Benton County didn’t see the recession until 2011,” said county commission president Bryan Berry, who has three turbines on his farmland. “The wind industry helped keep things open.”
So in honor of National Clean Energy Week, we’re excited to release a new video of American Wind Week’s capstone event, the Fowler Wind Fair. The town of Fowler (pop. 2,200) is the epicenter of Benton County’s wind development, and locals came together to celebrate what wind has meant to their town: