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Letters to the Editor

Wind mandate

April 5, 2009

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To the editor:

The U.S. will likely fail to develop renewable energy cost-effectively and fairly. Renewable portfolio standards allow utility monopolies to award contracts to themselves and their affiliates.

The feed-in tariff is the only major regulatory mechanism that offers non-discriminatory prices to all market entrants.

Free markets are preferred, but the U.S. failed to create competitive power markets under deregulation because it awarded coal and nuclear power plants all kinds of advantages, including stranded cost subsidies, grandfather exemptions to environmental regulations, preferential grid access, etc.

The wind industry is by far the biggest problem for all other forms of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and biomass. The American Wind Energy Association sold out to the utility monopolies a long time ago — look at their membership.

The utilities prefer wind energy because the intermittent power production at the wrong time of the day becomes an excuse to build more fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants.

If the wind industry gets renewable portfolio standards, then what follows will be the discriminatory token contracts awarded to them, at least until utility monopolists are ready to take over the industry.

Of course, environmentalists go along since they love wind energy. Other forms of renewable energy have little chance against the unholy political alliance of the utilities, the wind industry and the environmentalists.

The Democrats are now undertaking to mandate wind over all other forms of renewables.

Tell me how that would be fair to power consumers?

Lawrence

Comments

75x55 5 years ago

Obviously NOT the "baby bear of wind", because it's not "just right".

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ArumerZwarteHoop 5 years ago

we are the diet coke of wind............ just one calorie .................not windy enough.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

"i would think that we can do better than Europe - why not?"

Nuclear power has a prominent place in the European power grid, why shouldn't we emulate them?

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75x55 5 years ago

"What you witnessed is a safety mechanism that shuts down the turbines in high winds to prevent damage during high winds. Spinning too rapidly could cause the blades to self distruct."

So, we're living in the "Saudi Arabia" of wind - must be too much wind.... Maybe we should look to the "1960s Texas" of wind, or perhaps the "Nigeria of wind" instead. There's enough wind coming from Venezuela, so that's just plain out.

Do moles tunnel at wind farms?

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tonytiger 5 years ago

Mixolydian (Anonymous) says…

I was out west by the I-70 - Hwy 14 (Ellsworth exit) wind farm last Friday and, despite there being a high wind advisory in nearby Salina, not a single one of those turbines was moving. It's been that way that last three times I've driven past there this year.

What you witnessed is a safety mechanism that shuts down the turbines in high winds to prevent damage during high winds. Spinning too rapidly could cause the blades to self distruct.

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ocean 5 years ago

wind energy & other renewables will generate plenty power.

they do in Europe Les.... is America giving up?

i would think that we can do better than Europe - why not?

we have a large nation with plenty opportunities for merging all of our resources into a better national power grid.

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XD40 5 years ago

One -- and, just one -- of the problems with wind power, is that the turbines have both upper and lower wind speed constraints. They cannot be operated in either low or high wind conditions. There is either not enough wind to move the blades and turn the generator or, too much wind, which will damage the turbine. Just one of the reasons alternatives like wind, solar and biomass energy sucks.

We need nuclear and coal power plants. Nuclear energy is truly the new alternative energy source. Much as it pains me to acknowledge that the French can do anything right, they get the majority of their electricity from nuclear power.

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75x55 5 years ago

"The utilities prefer wind energy because the intermittent power production at the wrong time of the day becomes an excuse to build more fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants."

Excuse? Or just a really good reason?

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Mixolydian 5 years ago

I was out west by the I-70 - Hwy 14 (Ellsworth exit) wind farm last Friday and, despite there being a high wind advisory in nearby Salina, not a single one of those turbines was moving. It's been that way that last three times I've driven past there this year.

The windmills look pretty stretching on for acre after acre after acre, but if they don't work, build the coal plant that will. Build nuclear, build geothermal, build giant gerbil wheels, anything to get away from OPEC

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Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

"The Democrats are now undertaking to mandate wind over all other forms of renewables."

Really? There are two prominent Democrats who are N.I.M.B.Y's when it comes to alternative energy: Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-desert25-2009mar25,0,6168582.story?track=rss

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/05/07/kennedy_doesnt_play_by_the_rules/

Typical Democrat: elitist, arrogant and hypocritical as they can be.

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JohnBrown 5 years ago

Let people hook up to the grid and sell their excess wind power, or at least reduce their monthly bill.

The problem with free markets is that free markets don't always create what's best for the country as a whole, say, independence from terrorist oil suppliers, or independence from severe recessions.

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tumbilweed 5 years ago

And those who like to wield power over others have a sickness that is admired in this country.

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devobrun 5 years ago

So Les has shown a way for business to make money on wind energy. He goes on to acknowledge that : "the intermittent power production at the wrong time of the day becomes an excuse to build more fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants."

Thus, energy solutions that don't work are sold to lefties who love it without rational reason. Companies make money from it, and the public takes it in the shorts.

Yep, this is pretty much the scenario in every business-government consortium in America today.

Right-wing, left-wing, wing-nuts. Politics is not rational thought. Business is politics, and science is politics, and just about everything is a great big political and marketing game,

Decisions are made by people who don't know a joule from a watt. But they know the politically connected, so while they can't make power, they know how to wield it.

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notajayhawk 5 years ago

"Tell me how that would be fair to power consumers?"

Don't be silly, Les. They're Democrats, which automatically makes them both smarter and fairer. Democrats are inherently incapable of being unfair. Didn't you know?

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