[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Dutch wind farm isn’t comparable to West Michigan sites 

Credit:  www.hollandsentinel.com 14 December 2011 ~~

The key difference between a Dutch wind farm and possible Lake Michigan siting was not even mentioned in The Sentinel’s Dec. 5 article. The Egmond aan Zee wind farm is located six to 12 miles offshore in depths of 17-23 meters. Depths off West Michigan shores at six to 12 miles are triple that – 50 to more than 100 meters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Great Lakes Wind (GLOW) Council, appointed by Gov. Granholm, first recommended a maximum feasible water depth of 30 meters for wind turbines, but changed it to 45 meters in its final report in October 2010. No “wind resource zones” were selected off West Michigan shores at six miles because “the majority of these bottomlands are also very deep, which reduces their marketability due to higher anticipated capital costs and risks … .”

But pay attention, the door was left open for the only possible siting for offshore wind in West Michigan, at two to five miles because of water depths. The GLOW Council recommends “allowing wind developers to identify and nominate any other site” and “if reasonable” giving citizens 30-60 days to voice public opinion. In my opinion, “old school expertise” includes full disclosure and transparency of all the facts in making comparisons.

There is a big difference in impact between near-shore siting that begins at two miles and offshore siting at six miles. Most wind farms, including Cape Wind off Massachusetts, are held as “exclusionary zones,” prohibiting fishing, boating, or other uses due to potential safety hazards. All manufacturers have warnings about keeping a distance from wind turbines. To say that boaters and fishermen will not be excluded from wind farms here is not based on any legal or proven information. An exclusionary zone would most likely be necessary to reduce liability for accidents and casualties and high insurance premiums. Having to boat around a near-shore 20-square-mile area will not be a popular result in West Michigan. Citizens are misled when key information is withheld.

We all know that Dutch people who use “old school expertise” certainly don’t pay more than double for something that they can get reliably and cheaper somewhere else. Our Dutch friends from Egmond aan Zee failed to mention that after five years of experience their government has decided that wind is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 4.5 billion euros a year and plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers instead. There is no need to duplicate Dutch mistakes here in our lake!

— Jane Eggebeen is a resident of Grand Haven Township.

Source:  www.hollandsentinel.com 14 December 2011

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)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

News Watch Home

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


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon