Former 'Hollywood Madam' Heidi Fleiss turns to alternative energy (really!)

Heidi Fleiss has shelved her plans to open up a brothel for women and has turned her sight to the world of alternative energy. However, the green world is not exactly rolling out the carpet for the ex-Hollywood madam, which is a pity.

Fleiss, who grabbed headlines in the 1990s after being arrested for running a high-class prostitution services, is coy about her plans . According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, she's discarded the idea of opening a wind farm as being too expensive. The American Wind Energy Association, whose mission is "to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education," declined to offer comment. Other environmental groups also declined to comment on Fleiss' budding activism.

There seems to be strong interest in wind power in Nevada. Wind Power Nevada argues that, "Nevada has wind resources consistent with utility-scale production." It also highlights a government report which estimates that 20 percent of the nation's energy supply could come from wind by 2030.

Fleiss might want to consider solar energy. That is big in Nevada too, which is not surprising given the desert climate. The state already is home to Nevada Solar One, the third largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. It cost $250 million to build and has been in operation since 2007. The American Solar Energy Society "respectfully" declined to comment on Fleiss, a spokesman said.

There's also interest in geothermal energy. A Reno company even sells what it calls calls customized solar, wind, hydro and renewable energy systems." In short, alternative energy seems to be a big deal in Nevada.

Washington lobbyist Scott Sklar told the Daily Finance that Fleiss should not put all of her eggs in one basket and not "fixate" on one technology. Fleiss' interest in the sector is not surprising.

"There are not many things that you can invest in that are not only profitable but can help the planet," he said.

But Fleiss' biggest problem seems to be managing her own life.

According to The Review-Journal, she got mixed up in a federal fraud case involving another brothel owner, was busted for drug use and posesion following a traffic stop, and is getting sued by her former landlord after her 25 parrots wrecked the place. She owns a laundromat called Dirty Laundry where I left a message for her.

The former celebrity sees many things to like about alternative energy. "I don't want to work so hard . . . and deal with all the nonsense in the sex business," she told the paper.

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