We could employ a lot more people in farming if we mandated the use of horses for agricultural labor (and horses, too), but this would lead to a drop in productivity and make everyone worse off. This is what we are doing in the energy sector by utilizing energy sources that are less productive than traditional generating assets.
Kansas has more industrial wind turbines than any other state. Since 2002, the wind energy component went from 2% to 36% of the net generating capacity for the state. I am using Kansas as the example to since it is the most extreme case in the United States so far, with regard to increasing wind energy capacity, and increasing retail electricity costs.
Just to be clear, generating capacity does not equal actual electrical generation when it comes to wind…
The latest version of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill moving through the U.S. Senate would provide some economic relief to the nation’s households and businesses, but the renewable energy industry is disappointed the bill does not extend investment tax credits and other incentives to keep wind, solar, and other projects moving forward.
Too often the local residents have to catch flaws that the wind developer has in their plans via the OPSB’s public comment process only to not hear anything in response. There has to be some sort of mechanism in place that places an emphasis on public inputs and concerns.
Kevin is extremely knowledgeable about these projects and the OPSB’s process which is why we were glad he was at today’s meeting.
Webmaster’s Note:At the end of the day it is never about “saving the planet” but It’s all about “what does your portfolio look like to investors?”…period!
Renewable energy company Windlab (ASX: WND) has entered into a binding agreement to be acquired by a consortium comprising of Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Squadron Wind Energy Development Pty Ltd and an existing Windlab shareholder.
Webmaster’s Note: Ya’ think that maybe this is because elitist continue to blatantly treat people as contemptuous sheep and refuse to realize that people are much smarter than they (the elites) think they are?!
In September, the Netherlands counterterrorism unit the NCTV identified a new group threatening public safety: anti-wind farm activists.
When you buy a car, you want it to be reliable, to work when you need it and you expect the engine to deliver all of the power the salesman told you it would, but suppose it didn’t do any of that. Would you be upset?
This picture haunts me and breaks my heart all at the same time. I recently read that Kansas is in the top 3 states that these companies are wanting to make wind farms along with Iowa. This land will never be the same again.
The construction of 15 to-20 foot deep concrete foundations to support all of the 328-foot-high towers with 2-MW turbines required 30,000 tons of cement. On average, each of these below-ground support systems used 60 truckloads of concrete (750 yd3)
This is a picture of a wind turbine base with rebar in place before concrete poured. This is on some of the best ground in the world in Kossouth County, IA. This base will never be removed.