The Power of Wind: Efficient, Plentiful & Clean
Chevelon Butte Wind Farm will produce clean, renewable wind energy, helping us break away from our reliance on fossil fuels.
Support the Chevelon butte wind Project
It’s time to speak out. Our quest for a clean, sustainable source of renewable energy needs your support.
The benefits provided by the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm project will make a significant difference to the surrounding communities, but the ripples will be felt far beyond Coconino and Navajo Counties. Our citizens, our businesses, our schools and our state are just a few of the beneficiaries of this project. As we gear up to generate free power using nature’s plentiful resource – wind – the project will bring jobs and economic growth to the local area without compromising its natural beauty or tapping into its valuable resources.
Are you ready to add your voice to the growing legions of wind energy supporters? If so, please provide your information using the contact form below.
Wind Energy Creates Jobs and Economic Growth
Using wind as a primary form of energy is a pursuit that generates jobs and economic growth, both in the short- and long-term. This begins with simple job creation – creating and maintaining the infrastructure needed for optimal wind energy processing and application requires hiring local skilled individuals able to handle these jobs. Over 100,000 Americans have a job or career related to the wind power industry, including individuals in all 50 states and over 500 factories that build related parts. This is one of the single fastest-growing job sectors in the country, alongside solar installation that provides other environmental benefits. To get a bit more specific, our Chevelon Butte Wind Farm will create over 200 temporary jobs during construction, plus 10-15 permanent, full-time positions during operation, in addition to major direct economic benefits.
In addition, wind energy helps generate major, ongoing tax revenue that directly benefits the local community. It also helps kickstart major economic development in rural areas like Coconino and Navajo Counties, including impacts that will be felt even outside the specific local area. Local schools, businesses and citizens will all benefit from this increased revenue.
Finally, once the project is complete, wind power creation significantly reduces energy costs for every resident. It does so without compromising the environment or natural resources in any way. This is the kind of sustainable, independent model that will keep local residents supplied with power while never risking major cost increases as fossil fuels become sparse over upcoming generations.
Wind Energy is Clean
Among the popular sources of electricity generation available today, wind power has among the single lowest environmental impact. It reduces carbon emissions by major amounts, plus saves water and limits pollution concerns. Here are some specifics on the cleanliness and environmental friendliness of wind power:
- Cutting emissions: Wind power notably cuts down on multiple major emissions that create pollution and other environmental issues. When wind turbines, the primary form of wind power to be used in Coconino and Navajo Counties, are used to create electricity, there are precisely zero carbon emissions created – in 2018 alone, an estimated 200 million tons of carbon pollution, equivalent to about 43 million cars’ worth of carbon dioxide emissions, were eliminated through wind power. Wind power also cuts significant amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, both of which are air pollutants that create smog and trigger asthma attacks. Through these combined reductions, roughly $9.4 billion was saved on public health in just the year 2018.
- Water conservation: Unlike thermal power plants, there is no water required to power wind turbines or cool any equipment. Other forms of power use massive amounts of water – in 2017, wind energy reduced water consumption at existing power plants by roughly 95 billion gallons.
- Land use and wildlife: In addition, wind farms also have incredibly small footprints on natural habitats and human-occupied areas. The average wind farm leaves 98% of the local land undisturbed – in the case of our project, the closest legally classified residence is over 2.5 miles from the nearest planned turbine, meaning there will be no disruption to daily life or scenic areas. Research has also shown that there is no evidence to support property values being impacted in local areas by wind projects.
Wind Energy is Efficient and Endlessly Renewable
To understand the efficiency and renewability of wind power, it’s important to first grasp how wind turbines work. Turbines are tall, tubular steel towers that support a hub with three blades and a nacelle – an area that holds the shaft, gearbox, generator and controls for the turbine.
When wind blows past a wind turbine, the blades capture its kinetic energy and rotate as a result, turning this energy into a mechanical form. This turns an internal shaft, which increases the rotation speed by a factor of 100. Before installing wind turbines, our professionals will evaluate which direction the turbine should face to receive the strongest winds based on recent measurements. If the wind blows too hard, turbines will shut off to prevent equipment damage.
Once wind energy is collected, it’s sent from the wind farm to your local power grid. Once it’s here, it can be sent to homes and other buildings as needed through various distribution lines. Over a single year, modern wind turbines can generate usable electricity over 90% of the time, creating massive amounts of electricity that can power large areas without any additional sources.
And as you may have guessed, this process is endlessly renewable. With basic maintenance, wind turbines – placed together to create wind farms – can continue providing power to a given area in perpetuity, limiting numerous pollutants and air contaminants in the process.
Wind Power Helps Us Achieve Energy Independence
Unfortunately, America’s reliance on foreign oil for many forms of energy is both a costly and potentially dangerous reality. Not only are we constantly relying on outside sources for a major amount of our energy, these sources continuously damage the environment and put human safety at risk.
Wind energy, on the other hand, has the potential to guarantee cheap, high-quality energy that we can produce right here in our country for decades to come. Wind energy not only keeps costs down, supporting our ability to continue generating it at home, but also keeps the electric grid reliable. Technological improvements in the wind energy sector have actually allowed it to become a more consistent provider of electricity based on wind speed forecasting and other advances – many wind farms are significantly more efficient compared to their overall capacity than coal plants, and that’s without even getting into the environmental benefits.
To fully achieve energy independence, technologies like wind power absolutely must be supported so they can continue to grow. This both creates local jobs and helps us power our own country rather than relying on less efficient, environmentally-harmful forms of energy coming from outside sources.
Cost of Wind Power vs Other Power Formats
Not only has wind power reached a point where it’s similarly affordable to other dirtier forms of energy generation, it has even surpassed them in several areas. Wind has already been generating large amounts of power in the US, allowing researchers and grid operators to study its costs compared to fossil fuels and other form of energy generation. Here’s some of what has been found:
- The cost of wind power has declined by nearly 70% in the last 10 years, per a recent Lazard study. It is now competitive with other sources, and is the cheapest source of new energy in many parts of the counry.
- While large power plants using other forms of energy may shut down abruptly at any time, forcing operators to keep large quantities of expensive energy reserves available, wind power has no such concerns. Wind changes are generally gradual and predictable, meaning it’s far less costly and requires less expensive, slower-acting reserves.
- When wind turbines are spread out over large areas, their output is even more consistent and reliable.
- Modern wind plants and technology allow for the same level of grid reliability as conventional power plants, and often even greater reliability.
- Unlike other forms of energy, renewable forms like wind and solar are able to offer fixed-price contracts because there are no fuel costs or fuel price risks. This works as a hedge against the volatility of future gas prices.
- Recent research has shown that states with greater implementation of renewable energy have lower electricity prices than those with less.
Aesthetics of Wind Power
Allow us to soothe any concerns you may have about the aesthetics, sound concerns or safety risks regarding the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm and other wind power farms:
- Distance and aesthetics: In Navajo County, the single closest legally classified residential property is over 2.5 miles from the nearest turbine. Inn Coconino County, the single closest residence is nearly eight miles from the closest wind turbine. All project components will be located completely within the project area, meaning they will not encroach on any other properties whatsoever. Based on this information, it’s clear the project will not provide any major aesthetic downsides to local residents.
- Shadows: Any shadows created by moving wind blades have been included in our modeling processes. These can be sited to minimize flicker to just a few hours per year, a rate that’s far below any frequency associated with seizures or any other health conditions. Any extremely minor shadow flicker that does take place has been found to be harmless to humans. In addition, shadow flicker is not expected to impact any surrounding residential properties in Coconino or Navajo Counties at all.
- Sound: For those worried about sound coming from wind turbines, it’s important to realize that numerous independent studies around the world have all found the same conclusion: There is no evidence that sound from wind farms poses any negative physical health effects or even major inconvenience. Two people can typically carry on a conversation at normal voice levels even if they’re standing directly below an operating wind turbine, and thousands of people live near wind farms with no negative effects. Combined with the distance we will be putting between any residents and local turbines, you will have no sound concerns whatsoever.
Dual-Use for Farming or Rural Lands
It’s vital to note that for those who farm or live on rural lands that might be located near wind turbines, the benefits can be significant. For starters, each wind turbine uses under half an acre of land – this means farmers can still plant crops and graze livestock in the area, including up to 95% of the land directly around the turbines themselves.
For this reason, many farmers, ranchers and others in rural areas have actually begun to invest in wind energy on their own as a way to boost profits. This is a fantastic source of additional income for family farmers and ranchers – such groups profit by over $250 million in lease payments yearly, amounts that can make a massive difference not only for individuals, but also for entire local areas.
The trickle-down here often benefits local schools to the greatest level. Wind projects have a major positive impact on local tax bases, helping schools improve their facilities and offer new programs to students. Research found, for instance, that wind farms in Oklahoma will generate over $1 billion for local schools over the course of their lifetime, allowing for innovations and student programs that simply would not have been possible otherwise.
Finally, planning for the Chevelon Butte project includes compatible land use with existing livestock ranching operations. We are also working directly with local families to minimize any impact on ranching or farming operations.
Why the Chevelon Butte Project Location is Perfect
To start with, the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm project is one that will generate several specific benefits for the local area. Indirect economic benefits of over $8 million in local spending during construction are expected, plus $250,000 per year moving forward once the project is up and operating. During the 20-plus-year expected operating life of this project, over $1 million in local worker salary payments will be generated.
In addition, these benefits come with no disruption to local residents whatsoever. Our wind turbines will not be built within 2.5 miles of any legal residences – this is far greater than the required distance for such projects. Research has shown that wind farms do not have an adverse effect on local property values, whether during the construction period or moving forward afterward.
On top of all this, there will be no need for us to cut down any trees for the creation of this project. There will be virtually no impact on agriculture, wildlife or homes. Plus, given the high amounts of wind found in our planned wind turbine areas, we expect to be able to generate high amounts of efficient, clean energy for local residents.
If you’re concerned about the project somehow interfering with your property, be aware that this will not be possible. Not only have we established great distance between the project and any local residences, all project components – including the interconnection switching station – will be located within our dedicated project area and will not encroach surrounding properties in any way. Residents are invited to view maps that showcase just how little impact the project will have on any surrounding area.
Wind Power Needs Our Support Now
The time has come for wind energy to take its rightful place on the power grid.
Generating electricity with this plentiful natural resource benefits everyone. It creates jobs and encourages economic growth in every community it touches. Wind energy is one of the most cost-effective ways to generate electricity. It produces no operational emissions and the only resource it requires – wind – is in never-ending supply.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lessening our impact on the environment is important – but so is lowering our dependence on imported oil and fossil fuels. Harnessing renewable energy alternatives here at home helps us achieve energy independence and reduces our reliance on foreign interests.
Unfortunately, the future of this clean, cost-effective energy source is under siege.
Special interests would have us believe that wind power is inefficient, wasteful and even that it depends on the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. They call wind turbines ugly and dangerous without any basis for their claims. Because they fear change – and lost revenues – they would have us remain forever reliant on outdated, unreliable technology and costly methods of generating power.
We cannot let fear or a resistance to change keep us from improving our future and pursuing energy independence.
It’s time to speak up.
Before you make up your mind about wind energy one way or the other, we encourage you to do your own research. No method of power generation comes without challenges. However, those who oppose the development of this promising technology often have an underlying agenda.
Ultimately, the many benefits of this proposed project far outweigh any perceived drawbacks.
Almost everything is in place to bring the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm project to fruition – the only piece missing is your voice. It’s time to speak up and be heard. To learn more or to voice your support for bringing the benefits of wind energy to our area, use the contact form below.