September 30, 2009 By News Report
Roscoe, Texas is now home to the world's largest wind farm, according to E.ON, an energy company based in Dusseldorf, Germany that constructed the farm. According to an NPR feature Roscoe -- a town of 1,300 people -- was drying up. Even the Dairy Queen closed, which according to the story, is the death knell for a small Texas town. But today, 627 wind turbines capable of generating 780 MW rise above 100,000 acres of cotton fields, turning what once was a nuisance -- the wind -- into a source of energy, jobs and pride for Roscoe and its residents. "The completion of Roscoe is a major success for our team and another milestone in the development of renewables in our power generation portfolio," said Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables, in an announcement today. "In just under two years we have increased our wind park capacities worldwide to 2,600 MW, with over half of that total -- 1,500 MW -- in the United States."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.