wind turbines will lower your home heating cost.
has heard all the complaints this summer about high gas prices.
said, most people in the northern half of the country are still not seeing the full picture of fuel prices and will not for another several months.
"Wait until you see what it takes to heat your house," Sterett
said.That is why Sterett, president of Clear Creek Power, said he wants to see an expansion of wind power, which in turn could free up natural gas that is currently used for generating electricity and make it available for home heating.
Sterett lives in Spring Garden Township, but his
job at the Denver-based company makes him, he
said, an "airplane vagrant."He
helped start Clear Creek after 20 years working with Florida Power and Light.
said, Clear Creek
was going to be a contracting company, identifying areas that could support wind turbines, leading a client through the permit process and helping to set up turbines.
About six years ago, Clear Creek
bought land near the continental divide, about an hour west of Denver, that tests showed would support a wind farm.The idea, Sterett
said, was to wait for a buyer who wanted to develop the property.
But as the economics of energy changed in recent years, Clear Creek
decided to build its own wind farm and applied for permits about a year ago.Sterett
sees wind power playing a major role in the country's energy future.With home heating prices expected to skyrocket this winter, Sterett
thinks people will be anxious to find a solution to imported home heating oil.His
plan is similar to one recently proposed by hedge-fund manager T. Boone Pickens, who wants to build wind farms from the Texas panhandle to North Dakota to produce about 22 percent of the nation's electricity so natural gas could be used to power cars.
"T. Boone is right from the perspective of a Texas oil man who lives south enough that he
doesn't have to worry about heating his
In areas like York, Sterett
predicted people will soon be more worried about keeping the heat on than filling their gas tanks.When that happens, such a wind plan will be more appealing.He
might have a point.
"If we can generate more electricity with wind and solar, that makes more gas available for other things like heating your house," Sterett
Earlier this month, the Sterett family helped commission the USS Sterett, the Navy's newest Destroyer named after 19th-century naval hero Andrew Sterett, one of Kent Sterett's
daughter, Michelle Bermson, served as the ship's sponsor and gave the command, "Officers and crew of the USS Sterett, man our ship and bring her to life," during the commissioning ceremony.