Mixed Results From Reno Energy-Making Windmills

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Seven windmills the city of Reno has installed in the past two years haven't produced as much energy as promised.

But city officials say they're learning more about the best places to focus their future efforts to harness the breeze.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the most successful windmills are north of the city at the water sewer facility in Stead. The most disappointing have been a pair atop City Hall.

City environmental services administrator Jason Geddes says downtown wind speeds have been less than expected compared to
windier areas in canyons and against the Sierra.

The windmills were built with about half of a $2.1 million energy grant the city received in the economic stimulus package Congress passed in 2009. So far, they've saved the city more than $2,700.

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