Wind power always requires back up if we want lights to burn in our houses.
I have neither heard of, nor can I find where a fossil-fuel plant has been shut down anywhere in the world because there was plenty of wind power to offset it. Instead, it’s the reverse of that.
The more wind farms that are built, the more “back-up” power sources are required in the form of coal or gas, hydroelectric or nuclear fired energy plants. More contaminants are spewed into the air.
Consider this: Kansas now has 5 wind farms and 18 more are in the planning or construction stage. Here’s a map so you can see where there is a wind farm coming to your neighborhood.
Then, think about all the new/additional coal-fired and gas-fired plants the administration wants to see constructed in Kansas, with the bulk of them slated for western Kansas. All are necessary to back up the wind farms AND to supply other states with greater populations the energy they need. It’s not just for Kansans.
For every wind farm that is built, a more reliable energy source has to exist to back up the farm’s maximum potential output. It’s a vicious circle we ought not to be participating in.
We’re being duped and it’s at OUR expense. Once again, our tax dollars are working against us.
By Peg Britton
24 April 2007
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