As the Latin proverb goes, “If there is no wind, row.” Except that in the case of Lackawanna, N.Y., there was plenty of wind on the shore of Lake Erie--it was steel production that had died down.
Up until nearly a decade ago, the Bethlehem Steel Plant was the second-largest steel producer in the U.S., but mismanagement and the decline of the steel industry left the city of Lackawanna with a large, decrepit facility instead.
Enter the company First Winds and its Steel Winds project, with the motto “Turning the Rust Belt into the Wind Belt.”
Today, the old steel plant site has 8 wind turbines that, according to the company website, generate “over 50 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy each year, enough to power 9,000 New York homes.”
Imagine an America where abandoned industrialized areas become sites for wind or solar power production. Less rowing--more wind blowing!