Posted by Old Iowa on September 12, 2012 at 10:01:05 from (126.96.36.199):
In Reply to: OT Windmills OT posted by ldj on September 12, 2012 at 07:19:38:
I say send all those that like them to their own state/place and let them have all of it they want buttt when it is zero and the winds is still don't let them use any of the unclean" coal,nature gas or nuclear generated energy.
Here is some things to think about. Wind generated electric costs 2-3 times as much as the other sources. It is not available 100% of the time. The current technology does not make it competitive. It may never be.
I think it is a total waste of resources. It makes people "feel" good. Let the electric go off for a few days and see if they will still be happy with wind mills???? So we still have to have real sources that can provide 100% of the electric needs for the no wind days.
Hydro power is a much better way to go as far as reliability. It costs less than wind but still double coal or natural gas.
We need to use what resources we "really" have. Just because some power on high says this is how it is going to be does not make it so. Just think about the fuel average just announced. How do you think it is going to be met??? We don't have the technology to do it but the powers that be says we can do it.
It is kind of like working on something with a person looking over your shoulder that has zero knowledge. They are full of reasons why you are not doing the repair correctly but have NO real experience doing it.
To the guy below that stated his OK coop was a 1/3 wind. That is a number I find hard to believe. In Iowa it is about 5-7% on windy days.
Also the guy stating we only use 18% of the wind power. That is not a real number either. It has been disproved in several studies as a number just thrown out in a Congressional committee meeting. The Press took it and ran it as gospel.
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