05/02/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Portsmouth Hastens Down the Wind (video)

While federal legislation to reduce our carbon footprint hits gridlock in Washington DC, small communities across the nation are quietly going green. See what a small New England town is doing to reduce their carbon footprint by 50% and raise money in the process.

Their 1.5 megawatt wind turbine started generating power on March 18, 2009. One year later, the turbine has generated 50% of the municipal load. The energy generated is pumped back into the national grid, which helps to offset the energy produced by a nearby coal plant.

The turbine is covering 70% of the municipal energy bills for the current year. Plans for two more turbines are already in the works.

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