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Submitted by on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 3:55am.

It works for sail boats and kites. Scientists say wind can power houses and water wells, too. A panel of experts, who say we should be taking advantage of wind power, fielded questions from residents in Surf City last night.

"Wind power energy, it is a local resource and it's just waiting to be tapped," said Lyra Rakusin of the North Carolina Wind Working Group, a consortium of experts who have been traveling through coastal communities and educating residents about wind energy.

"It just improved my fears that it's really not that economical as of yet for local wind power," Jeremy Whitfield of Jacksonville said.

Rakusin said wind power is an alternative form of energy, which means it needs to be used in addition to regular electricity. In order for it to work, you need to install a turbine, which can be costly and unattractive.

"North Carolina hasn't really developed its renewable energy resources," she said. "Wind is one of those resources that needs to be developed."

Said Whitfield, "It's just like anything else, and the more research money that's put into it, the better it will be in the future."

But for that to happen, it needs to become more mainstream, which is why people like Rakusin want to get the word out.

More information: North Carolina Wind Energy

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