Wind and Water: Expanding Energy Technologies

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New Interest in Wind Power

Renewable Fuels and U.S. Energy Picture

The United States has been on a high-fossil-fuel diet for most of the 20th century. At the turn of the century coal was king. Then came oil and natural gas. Nuclear power was to be the fuel of the future.1 But energy experts now predict that the nation's energy future will also include significant amounts of renewable fuel sources. For example, Virginia Electric and Power Co. (VEPCO), once a staunch advocate of nuclear power, is now considering the use of wind, water, solar power, wood, peat and municipal refuse to produce electricity.

VEPCO President William W. Berry announced at a Nov. 10 press conference that the utility was beginning an “unbiased, systematic search for the lowest ...

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