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Study Says Wind Power to Lead Growth in Renewable Energies i

时间:2005-06-03 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:vipnoble   字体: [ ]
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By Caty Weaver1
Broadcast: July 18, 2003
This is Steve Ember with the VOA Special English Environment Report.
A study says wind power will lead the growth in the use of 1)renewable energy in the United States and Canada over the next ten years. Renewable energy also includes forms like power from the sun.
Navigant Consulting in the United States carried out the study. Energy companies helped pay for much of the research.
The use of wind energy has grown in the United States, but remains2 less than one percent of all the energy produced.
Lisa Frantzis led the study. She says the researchers expect additions of as much as one-thousand-five-hundred 2)megawatts from wind power projects each year. That is about equal to the energy production of one nuclear power station.
The study says there have been major improvements3 in the performance of all renewable energy technologies in the past twenty years. For example, the study reports a ninety percent drop in the price of electricity produced from wind. In the nineteen-eighties a kilowatt4 hour of wind power cost about thirty-eight cents. Now, a kilowatt hour is closer to three cents.
The study found that government support must continue and grow to permit renewable energies to compete in the power industry.
However, some renewable energy companies face 3)criticism5. In fact, wind energy producers usually have to deal with opposition6 from communities they try to enter.
Currently7, a wind energy company is trying to set up business in Cape8 Cod9, Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. The Cape Wind company wants to place more than one-hundred windmills in nearby waters. The windmills are hundreds of meters tall. Cape Wind says the project could provide Cape Cod with seventy-five percent of its electricity needs. And, it would not create pollution.
But, a number of people who live on or visit the Cape say they do not want the 4)windmills. They say Cape Cod is a national treasure that should not be open to industry. They argue that building the windmills would hurt fish and birds in the area. And, they say it would hurt tourism. They say the windmills will ruin the beauty of looking out to sea from the coast.
Environmental groups, however, look at the situation differently. They ague that a source of energy that does not cause pollution would protect natural environments like Cape Cod.
This VOA Special English Environment Report was written by Caty Weaver. This is Steve Ember.
注释:
1) renewable [ri5nju(:)Ebl] adj.可更新的,可恢复的
2) megawatt [5me^EwCt] n.兆瓦特
3) criticism [5kritisiz(E)m] n.批评,批判
4) windmill [5windmil] n.风车

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1 weaver LgWwd     
n.织布工;编织者
参考例句:
  • She was a fast weaver and the cloth was very good.她织布织得很快,而且布的质量很好。
  • The eager weaver did not notice my confusion.热心的纺织工人没有注意到我的狼狈相。
2 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
3 improvements f867a4fdb09b251cca05d0a8937af271     
增加或修改( improvement的名词复数 ); 改进; 改善; 改良
参考例句:
  • improvements in efficiency at the factory 工厂效率的提高
  • They've spent a lot of money on home improvements. 他们花了很多钱装修家居。
4 kilowatt r2Axv     
n.千瓦
参考例句:
  • They pay thirty fen per kilowatt hour.他们每度电付三角钱。
  • The watt is a small unit of power so that we use the kilowatt instead.瓦特是小功率的单位,因此我们用千瓦代之。
5 criticism 3OSzK     
n.批评,批判,指责;评论,评论文章
参考例句:
  • Some youth today do not allow any criticism at all.现在有些年轻人根本指责不得。
  • It is wrong to turn a deaf ear to other's criticism.对别人的批评充耳不闻是错误的。
6 opposition eIUxU     
n.反对,敌对
参考例句:
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
7 currently SvMzI2     
adv.通常地,普遍地,当前
参考例句:
  • Currently it is not possible to reconcile this conflicting evidence.当前还未有可能去解释这一矛盾的例证。
  • Our contracts are currently under review.我们的合同正在复查。
8 cape ITEy6     
n.海角,岬;披肩,短披风
参考例句:
  • I long for a trip to the Cape of Good Hope.我渴望到好望角去旅行。
  • She was wearing a cape over her dress.她在外套上披着一件披肩。
9 cod nwizOF     
n.鳕鱼;v.愚弄;哄骗
参考例句:
  • They salt down cod for winter use.他们腌鳕鱼留着冬天吃。
  • Cod are found in the North Atlantic and the North Sea.北大西洋和北海有鳕鱼。
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