For Immediate Release
June 28, 2011
Media Contact: James Moore at (641) 233-1617
Wind consultant and Iowa Power Fund board member Tom Wind is featured on KRUU-FM’s ‘Dream Green’ radio series Thursday, June 30th at 7pm (rebroadcast Monday, July 4 at 7am). Series’ co-hosts Stuart Tanner & James Moore speak with Wind, one of the state’s leading wind experts, at his home in Jamaica, Iowa. They also make an onsite visit to a community wind farm in nearby Jefferson and go inside one of the seven Suzlon S88 2.1 MW turbines financed by a group of local owners.
Wind was chosen for the Dream Green series, explains Tanner, to “get a clear picture of the role of wind energy in Iowa. To know how the numbers work, where the future lies. Listeners are going to really get the answers - plus a lot of jokes about Tom’s name.” Also included is an interview with Nick Hildreth, a Suzlon engineer on the Jefferson project.
Moore enjoyed his first-ever visit to a wind turbine site. “The majestic blades have such a graceful spinning motion. Did you know this year the Hawkeye State will get nearly 20% of its energy this way? Maybe Bob Dylan was right. In Iowa, the answer, my friend, actually is blowing in the wind!"
Iowa’s proximity to the grid of larger metro areas, along with the state’s favorable wind policies and lack of competing energy industries, have made the wind industry prosper here. Governor Terry Branstad has said that Iowa is the number one state per capita in wind production.
Next week, Dream Green travels to Ames for onsite visits and interviews with Dr. Fred Kirschenmann and Mark Honeyman of the Leopold Center, and other research faculty, students, and entrepreneurs addressing some of the most critical questions facing the bio-renewables industry.
The Dream Green series is a 20-part series highlighting Iowa's green innovators, best practices, cutting edge projects, and communities leading the way in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency. Follow the journey at www.greeniowa.org. Archives and transcripts available.
Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management.
James Moore is co-founder and executive director of KRUU since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.
Funded with a partial grant from the Iowa Power Fund and nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations, the Dream Green series is being released under a creative commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.
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