Wind Power & American Values

The beach town of ZeebruggeIn Zeebrugge, there are a couple of big wind turbines. I didn’t get a picture of it, but as you approach, there’s one really pretty, big old hotel, and you see the giant windmill behind it, and it’s really striking. Above you can see it from a different perspective. On the way home we saw lots more wind turbines along the side of the road.

Seeing these wind turbines, I was struck by how wonderful they are, and confused how anybody could be against them, or even apathetic towards them. When I see wind turbines like the ones in Zeebrugge, I think: clean, independent, self-sufficient, physical power, living off the land, and being centered in one’s physical environment. Maybe cleanliness is not so important to everyone, but those other ideas are *really* traditional American ideas. How come America isn’t more supportive of wind power?


Wind turbines along the highway

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Joanna Gubman is a 2011-2012 recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders. She is spending her fellowship year at the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar , exploring incentive and business model alternatives as the German market achieves grid parity. Previously, Gubman was a Managing Consultant in the Energy Efficiency group at Navigant Consulting. There she analyzed technologies and policies to improve energy efficiency, including analysis and implications of the CPUC Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (net zero energy new buildings and widespread adoption of whole-house retrofits); identification & promotion of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency incentive programs; and development of corporate sustainability initiatives. She also served as project manager for the California Sustainability Alliance. Gubman received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. You can find her online on LinkedIn , Twitter ( @JoannaGubman ), and xing , and via email at . The views she expresses here and elsewhere are her own, and do not reflect those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

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