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Daily News Editorial – Wind energy development encouraged

By Staff | Jan 19, 2008

The power of wind in northwest Iowa was pretty evident on Friday. The same can be said for many days throughout the year. There’s no doubt the wind is one of this part of the country’s most valuable resources.

That’s why development of wind energy in Emmet County and all of northwest Iowa is not only feasible but a viable option, and solution, to finding alternative ways of energy production.

Examples of how the wind in northwest Iowa is already being harvest can be found right here in Emmet County with the Iowa Lakes turbine on the eastern edge of Estherville and the turbine standing in a field near Dolliver. Looking farther out, anyone who’s taken Highway 9 to Sioux Falls, S.D., or traveled to Cherokee has seen the horizon filled with these huge, majestic machines spinning in the air.

It seems there’s not a day that goes by those blades aren’t whirling through the sky producing energy. Wind is an abundant resource this area has to harness and we encourage the further development of this natural resource.

At the same time we applaud Iowa Lakes Community College for its continued commitment to this budding field of technology. It’s wind energy and turbine technology program is world-renowned and recognized by everyone in the industry.

The students who enter and complete the Iowa Lakes Community College program are top-notch and ready to serve the industry they have chosen to enter. The instructors and staff of the college’s program should be commended for its expertise and support of its students.

The continued development of this plentiful and clean energy resource should be viewed as a step in the right direction when it comes to finding viable solutions to, what seems to be, an impending global energy crisis.

For wind energy and turbine technology, the sky is the limit and we look forward to reporting on its expansion and the promising future of this industry.