Missouri Town Goes Off the Grid

Rock Port, Missouri, population 1300, has become the first community in the country with more wind power that it can use.

Small-town Missouri may seem like an unlikely place for a fully energy-independent community, but Rock Port native Eric Chamberlain came up with the idea after seeing a wind farm in Iowa and eventually convinced tractor company John Deere to invest. There are twenty-four wind turbines in and around Rock Port, four of which power the town.

"As Chamberlain looks at the turbines today, he says, 'Did I ever think this would happen? Naw, not in a million years. ... This is beyond my imagination.'"

Already, locals have seen the effect that wind power has had in shielding them from rising energy prices. Rock Port's population has been in decline for decades, but residents are optimistic that the turbines will generate excitement about the town as well as generate electricity.

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

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