Don't agree with that at all. Our county has hundreds of wind tower
generators and none are within a thousand feet (or some large number)
of a house. Even close up the sound level is very low. By my estimate
the sound level is about 2% of the racket from a high school kid's car
It's a good idea to know what the facts are before making a statement.
(One of the) First uses of windmills was to pump water from a lake into a
canal. This was before steam power.
So the first question to ask is what is the purpose of the windmill?
If the gadget is for generating power from wind, maybe they want to just
keep it away from unrelated places, keep the stream area more pristine.
They may kill birds, like the giant wind turbines, which have a bad
rap in that regard. I stayed at a salmon camp in Alaska some years
ago, where the group leader took us on a tour of the local wind farm,
and told us they pick up dead birds all the time.
Agreed, but unless you live in a reflective glass skyscraper (which
apparently are close to invisible to birds under some conditions),
residential window strikes usually only kill common back yard birds.
(Even with the big raptor stickers on the sliding doors, I have to sweep
up 3-4 a year.) The giant windmills kill the high-flying big impressive
birds that have good PACs.
Windmills not an issue here- not enough consistent wind to make them
cost-effective at current energy prices. Over by the big lake, they have
been pondering a small wind farm for several years, with usual NIMBY
issues. I'd be more worried about noise issues than ruined views, but I
do understand why people get upset when they paid a bazillion dollars
for the view. Maybe if somebody invented a system that could produce
significant power without being hundreds of feet up, and a cheap
reliable storage system to go with it, people could have their own small
Aren't we supposed to be able to buy a B&D Mr. Fusion down at the
big-box by now? :^/
Several years ago there was an article in St. Pete Times about survey
done re: radio towers and bird kills. Survey was by U. of Fla., I
believe. Not many towers were included in the study, but the dead-bird
count was in the thousands per year for each tower. 35,000 at the
worst? I'm not a fan of windmills :o) They will have their own impact,
but, then, it's better than freezing.
With all due respect, IMO you're nuts. Windmills as power generators do
have their place. But they should be were there is relatively continuous
wind, and where they can easily "ship off" their generated power. That
means in flat plains, atop hills or mountains and offshore, near existing
or easily built transmission lines. Or they may be atop skyscrapers
(perhaps, we don't have a heliport atop the PANAM building in NYC anymore,
not only because it was renamed, but because the helos had accidents.
IOW, be reasonable where and when to build those wind power generators.
But, even in those areas (this is the High Plains here, one of the
highest wind areas in the US) and the Gray County wind farm has produced
at only 40% of installed capacity over the 8 years since installation
based on EIA production data. The highest monthly production in those 8
years has barely exceeded 50% and the average during Feb and Aug is in
the mid-20% range as the wind doesn't blow as much even here during
those changing-seasons periods.
So, that means that on average there has to be 2.5X times the installed
capacity to meet a given load demand and that there also has to be
spinning reserve to make up for the shortfall when the wind doesn't blow
to maintain a high reliability for the overall grid. Both of those are
expensive propositions as well as it is still double the cost/MWe on the
grid for the wind power as compared to conventional generation.
It simply isn't a panacea some would wish it to be nor will it ever
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