Posted by jackinok on September 12, 2012 at 09:01:23 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: OT Windmills OT posted by ldj on September 12, 2012 at 07:19:38:
went to the annual meeting of the coop here a few weeks ago.they supply power to a large percentage of oklahoma and a large part of texas. according to the lastest numbers the electricity we use,comes 1/3 from fuel type sources,1/3 from windpower,and 1/3 from hydro electric. so they do produce a significant amount of power. lines are all around here underground, allowing folks to farm etc around towers more conveniently. the MAIN problem with them is there is not any real convenient way of storing the power they produce,so they operate more or less on a demand type deal. most of our electric plants, here any way , now burn natural gas as fuel. and all their plants will be converted to natural gas by 2020 if i recall correctly. no way is wind going to eliminate coal,or natural gas generating plants, simply because theres lots of days the wind simply isnt there. the priority goes like this basicaly,when you turn on a switch or demand increases, call goes to the wind system,if the demand cannot be met in full there, it switches to hydro,if the demand still cannot be met it goes to the fuel fired plants. overall its a good idea,and so far pretty reliable,theres been very few catastrophic failures of the wind generators themselves. but they are mechanical systems that require upkeep,trained technicians etc,and its very expensive to put these up,running into the millions each in lots of cases.add in also that that the land is normaly leased and that runs the cost up even further. wind power does make sense,but like all things "green" its expensive.my own electric bill has gone up nearly double from 20- 35$ on just the basic charge, in the last year and i expect it to increase more as more and more wind generation fields come on line.
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