In 2008, Rock Port, Missouri made the announcement that it had become the first 100% wind-powered town in the United States. Rock Port is a small town of about 1,300 people, and all of its electricity needs are met by four wind turbines. In fact, these turbines actually produce more energy than the community needs, allowing the town to sell excess energy back to the Missouri Joint Municipal Utilities, which sends the extra wind-generated electricity to other places. Obviously, it is much easier for a small town like Rock Port to power itself completely by wind than it would be for a large city. However, Rock Port’s initiative is a great example of the kinds of programs communities can put into action to become truly sustainable leaders in green energy. It’s to be hoped that many more towns will follow Rock Port’s good example.
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