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A SANTA CLAUS OF INFINITE WISDOM

The Santa Claus of Greenland Foundation has a page on the World Wide Web (http://www.greenland-guide.dk) containing an artist's rendering of the Claus home, complete with modern wind turbines.

Not to be outdone by Santa, America's first government Internet site dedicated to energy issues, by the California Energy Commission, also has a wind page.

Although much information about Santa Claus remains shrouded in mystery, it is now confirmed that he uses wind power to help power his workshop. The Santa Claus of Greenland Foundation has a page on the World Wide Web (http://www.greenland-guide.dk) containing an artist's rendering of the Claus home, complete with modern wind turbines.

Santa's homepage describes the area in which he lives as an "incredibly beautiful and magical" estate in Greenland, accessible only by the imagination of children and particularly special adults. "Everything is finely balanced with nature, so in a way you could say that it was an ecological world," reads the description. "Santa Claus isn't interested in politics, but he is an infinitely wise man and the way that he has established his kingdom and home reflects his great wisdom and insight. The principles he lives by are everlasting principles which others could learn much from." Solar and wind are among them. "Santa has built two huge windmills which provide energy for the castle generator," reports the home page, but Santa is "not really a technical person" and was unable to provide details of the system in response to an e-mail query about the configuration of the turbines. "However, we are all very pleased with the power that the two windmills generate. It is quite blowy up here on the icecap, so it is a practical and clean solution."

Not to be outdone by Santa, America's first government Internet site dedicated to energy issues also has a wind page. Since the California Energy Commission (CEC) launched the "Access Energy" World Wide Web stop on October 1 for US National Energy Awareness Month, the site has been visited by some 2000 browsers per week.

The wind page includes "fast facts" on the state's innovative wind industry and highlights from the 1994 wind project summary, published in mid September. Complete figures for performance by individual operator will soon be available as well as a history of California's wind industry, says the CEC's Bob Aldrich. Even information on more controversial issues, such as avian mortality, may eventually be included, he says.

The energy stop gives up-to-date information on a HomePage link via specific categories, an Energy Commission section, Energy Directory, and Energy Quest, geared for children, parents, and teachers. It also provides lists of the state's energy companies, notices of funding availability, Requests for Proposals and -- for kids -- games, puzzles, and energy-related maths and science experiments. It is linked, too, to other Internet sites such as the HomePage of the US Department of Energy and even the Student Solar Energy Society of Great Britain.

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