WIND POWER COMES OF AGE

 
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25 February 2013 18:05
 

Edward Humes has an article in the current issue of Sierra Magazine ‘ANYWHERE IT BLOWS - Wind is no longer the energy source of the future.  It’s ready today.’

Some paragraphs from the article:

“. . . a project that positions wind power not as an expensive novelty or environmental altruism but as a profitable, practical source of electricity, jobs, and energy independence.”

“Everyone loves us,” (Iowa farmer) Caviness says.  “Our turbines make electricity cheaper than they can buy it elsewhere.  Obviously we need to do more of this - in the state and the rest of the country.”

“In terms of cost per megawatt, wind now beats other forms of energy handily, in part because of rapid gains in reliability and efficiency.  General Electric claims that new turbines generate 60 to 80 percent more power than comparable 2002 models.  These modern turbines rival not only renewables but nuclear, oil, and coal as well.  And in the breezier parts of the country, wind is competitive with or outright beats natural gas, even though gas prices have fallen through the floor, thanks to the fracking revolution and the resulting glut of shale gas on the market.”

“According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, there is enough prime windy land - away from cities, suburbs, and environmentally sensitive areas - to produce all 4.1 million gigawatt-hours of power that the United States generated in 2011 nine times over.

“It’s not surprising, observes wind energy pioneer James Walker, that opposition to wind power is so intense.  “The ferocity is evidence that wind is becoming competitive,” he says.  “Think about it:  We’re mass-producing a type of power plant that burns nothing, uses no water, needs no fuel, has no emissions.  That’s a pretty scary thing to someone in the fossil fuel business.”  -  E.H.

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201303/wind-power-turbine-technology-clean-energy.aspx

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unsmoked - 25 February 2013 05:05 PM

“It’s not surprising, observes wind energy pioneer James Walker, that opposition to wind power is so intense.  “The ferocity is evidence that wind is becoming competitive,” he says.  “Think about it:  We’re mass-producing a type of power plant that burns nothing, uses no water, needs no fuel, has no emissions.  That’s a pretty scary thing to someone in the fossil fuel business.”  -  E.H.

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2012/05/08/a-coordinated-campaign-against-renewable-energy/