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Wind Power: What Do You Think?

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By Jay Michaels

Hagerman, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Wind power is an alternative to fossil fuels, and continues to gain popularity.

But, do you think wind power is good for Idaho's economy? This question was posted on our website to hear what you think. Out of more than 300 responses, 60 percent said wind power was good for the economy.

One thing you can count on here in Southern Idaho is that the wind will blow whether you want it or not. So most people aren't at all surprised at the number of wind farms that have popped up in recent years.

Idaho native Terry Darrington says, "I grew up in Raft River, Idaho, where there's just wind everywhere on the farm. That's the first thing that comes to mind, is there's lots of wind, so why not put a wind farm up and create some energy from a natural resource."

Eagle Scout Darin Tschida says, "I think of natural resources, and that we should try to use those instead of fossil fuels like coal and oil."

Local resident Jamie Benjamin says, "Just knowing how much the wind blows in Idaho, I think that it would be a good idea."

But there are some Idahoans who aren't thrilled about wind energy. They think the whole thing is a swindle, and say it's no different than the world's oldest profession.

Nash Johnson says, "I'm kind of the one that's not entirely sure. I've looked into it a little bit. I think the cost is probably too much to be worth it. I don't think they generate enough power."

Brittany Roberst says, "I understand that they're very expensive and they take a lot to pay off."

Others point out the wind turbines brighten up an otherwise drab landscape. In the end, you could say that the answer is "blowin' in the wind."

Mark Stokes with Idaho Power explains as long as wind farms are heavily subsidized by the federal government, there's always a chance more of them could be built. But to grow in the long term, an economical way to store the energy needs to be developed to smooth out the unpredictable way wind power is generated.

July 4, 2013.


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