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Green energy policy, tilting at windmills  

Credit:  The Lima News, www.limaohio.com 25 March 2012 ~~

If you haven’t driven out to view the windmill farms in Van Wert and Paulding counties, do so. Take U.S. 127 north from U.S. 30, and you will be in awe, traveling in a forest of blades. At night it is a flood of bright red lights, flashing in unison.

Curiosity induced me to compare windmills to nuclear power plants. I read it would take 7,000 windmills to produce power of one nuclear plant, providing they were active 24/7. Solar and windmills would be just backups to our coal and nuclear plants.

Another stat is space. Mills have to be spaced a certain distance apart to be efficient, so 7,000 would take 150,000 acres. This is half the farming area of Putnam County.

In 20 years, there is no guarantee these windmills will be running, as now most companies building them are subsidized by our government.

Omer Ricker, Delphos

Source:  The Lima News, www.limaohio.com 25 March 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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