LOCATION/TYPE

NEWS HOME

[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]



Archive
RSS

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

WHAT TO DO
when your community is targeted

RSS

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Be cautious about approving wind 

Credit:  Northfield News, www.northfieldnews.com 21 December 2010 ~~

As Rice County considers wind projects, note Denmark. Denmark is the poster country for wind energy, with more per-capita turbines than any nation. Government-backed Dong Energy, producer of half of Denmark’s electricity, has a moratorium on new land-based turbines.

Wind noise protests are the cause. A setback of at least one mile, suggested from studies by the World Health Organization and others, is needed for relief from the turbine’s repetitive low frequency sound.

A new documentary film, “Windfall,” is being shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It describes what happens to a town when the turbines are too close.

“Once installed, the turbines impose themselves on the town like unwelcome guests at a dinner party. They emit a low frequency sound, producing noises akin to a passing car with a deep bass on its stereo system.”

As to wind efficiency, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported on Aug. 23 that it set a new demand record with 65,776 megawatts. ERCOT also said that its 9,319 MW of name plate wind capacity produced only 650 MW during that period, or one percent of demand.

For all of 2009, intermittent winds operated at 8.7 percent of name plate capacity and provided one percent of total demand.

In the U.S. in 2009, wind produced 70 billion kwh at a 26 percent capacity factor. That was just 1.75 percent of total United States electric power. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has approved the largest U.S. wind program, the Cape Wind project, having 130 turbines off the coast of Cape Cod.

The project will receive at least $600 million in taxpayer subsidies to buy its 130 turbines from Siemens of Germany. In testimony before the Massachusetts Siting Board, the developer said that in summer, when winds are weakest, Cape Wind will produce a modest 100MW.

This limit is causing Cape Wind to charge at least twice the going rate for its output. U.S. Representative William Delahunt, D-Mass., said, “Cape Wind will be the most heavily subsidized wind farm in the country with power costs to the region that will be at least double.”

There is a role for wind energy in our electric future, but it is an erratic supplement, not a substitute, requiring large taxpayer subsidies and backup power supplies. The substitute for polluting coal is reliable natural gas and nuclear energy.

Rolf Westgard
St. Paul

Source:  Northfield News, www.northfieldnews.com 21 December 2010

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)

Share:

e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share


News Watch Home

Get the Facts
CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.

 Follow:

Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon