After spending a million dollars from Obama’s green energy stash to erect six electricity generating windmills, the city of Reno over the past two years has saved a whopping $2,785 off its power bill, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal today.
The newspaper calculated the savings by using the city’s new “open government” website, which tracks the power each windmill generates.
The paper quotes Jason Geddes, Reno’s environmental services administrator, as saying, “The turbines that we have installed up in Stead at the wastewater plant have been two of (the) most successful turbines we’ve had and two of the most productive in the state in terms of what they produce.” His definition of success and mine differ somewhat.
Though the windmills have not exactly paid off in terms of cash in the taxpayers’ coffers, the paper did point out they have helped the city win various accolades. Geddes said the city’s green-energy efforts have garnered recognition from The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and USA Today. The National Resource Defense Council named the city one of the top 22 “Smarter” cities in the nation on renewable energy. Their definition of smarter and mine differ somewhat.