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What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy

The Kocher Family Ranch on the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County, Kansas. Photo by Phil Warburg

As New England invests in wind energy projects off of our coasts, the amount of wind energy we use still pales in comparison to states in the “wind belt.” One such example is Kansas. Philip Warburg explains what states in our region can learn from states that we don’t usually think of as leaders in renewable energy.

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In Punta Santiago, It’s A Microcosm Of A Battered Puerto Rico

Angelina Arroyo sprays her driveway down during a hot afternoon in Punta Santiago. Her husband had a heart attack shortly after the hurricane last year and passed away soon after. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

A middle-aged woman sat over a pail of water, a blue umbrella shielding her from the scorching sun. Surrounded by a wreckage of branches and twisted metal sheets, Angelina Arroyo Rivera salvaged what remained of her belongings — some silverware and some plastic containers, a blue tarp, a red purse, a white blouse.

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Remembering The 1938 Hurricane, 80 Years Later

Central Bridge washout. Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island State Archives

In the afternoon of September 21, 1938 without warning, winds more than 100 miles an hour whipped the region and tidal waves about 30 feet high destroyed homes and cottages. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and when it was all over, millions of dollars worth of damage was left behind.

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Sam Evans-Brown Talks Behind-The-Meter Solar’s Impact On The Region’s Grid

Solar panels at Shaker Woods Farm. Photo by Keith Shields for NHPR

Our growing need for energy – and our desire to make more of it renewable – has set up other tensions, beyond where to put big power lines. There’s long been a dispute over how to account for so called “Behind-the-Meter” solar – the kind you might put on your home or business to try and get “off the grid.” Energy analysts are seeing that – especially during heat waves like the one that’s gripped New England for much of the summer – this rooftop solar can actually have a big impact on our energy needs.

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