By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald
Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland. Read more.
Photo: Four 1.7-megawatt General Electric wind turbines on the Brockhaus farm near Creston, Nebraska, feed power into the Loup Power District grid on Thursday. Credit: Matt Dixon, Omaha World-Herald
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers: Seventy percent of U.S. turbines are in low-income rural areas.
- Harvesting Sunshine More Lucrative Than Crops at Some U.S. Farms