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Work for Wind Power

Work for Wind Power

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Going to Work forWind Power
by Michael Renner
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 High Achievement 
 An installation specialist for NEG Micon, aDanish manufacturer, works on the finalstages of a new wind power turbinein Sustrum, Germany. Photograph courtesyNEGMicon.
 High Achievement 
 
This is not your grandfather’s windmill 
Think of the Netherlands, and what may come tomind is a quaint countryside of historic canal houses,fields of tulips, and
of course
those ubiquitous windmills. Though the Netherlands today is a highly urban and technologically sophisticated nation, thatimage of the
old
country still plays a large role inthe country 
s economy 
as a lure to millions of tourists. It
s fascinating to consider that these wind-mills were, for centuries, the main sources of mechan-ical energy before the dawn of the fossil fuelage
that such silent, pleasant-looking contraptionscould have provided the power needed to pump water, grind grain, saw timber, and do a wide rangeof other tasks now done by loud, polluting machines.To the tourists, the relation between these quaint windmills and the modern diesel turbines or giantcoal-burning power plants that have replaced themmay seem as distant as that of schooners to speed-boats.Enter the new high-tech wind generators of today, which began appearing two decades ago andhave proliferated in the Netherlands and in some 40
The renewable energy of the future is already beginning to generate new jobs to replace the ones that are disappearing in the older energy sectors.
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