Posted by Fred from MO on September 12, 2012 at 12:55:50 from (18.104.22.168):
In Reply to: OT Windmills OT posted by ldj on September 12, 2012 at 07:19:38:
Wind is an alternative to the energy we have today, however it is not the solution. Having worked in both a Nuclear Power Plant and a coal fire power plant, the most environmentally friendly is Nuclear generation, however the media and localized events has caused everyone to panic so politically Nuclear is a bad word in our country. Wind only produces power when the wind blows. If you can live with on and off power then thats the way to go! Power generators act a lot like a governor in a tractor; as you go up a hill in your tractor your governor responds to increase the power of your engine to handle the load. Electric generation is much the same way; More people turn on the lights, the more the generator puts out. Throw in wind and it fowls up the load and generation balance. It would be like driving your tractor up a hill and instead the governor kicking it to give you more power, it will cause you to get another tractor to push you up the hill (not very cost effective) or when you dont need the power your governor launches you over the hill. Wind energy is touted by people who know nothing about energy production!!!!! The biggest joke is when the politicians talk about how its our savior. Dont get me wrong I like the idea of wind powering every thing in the world, however I have learned through science that I cant get my cake and eat it too. I would gather that most companies who have wind energy with the irradic nature of wind has caused them to turn on jet fuel (Combustion turbine) generators in hours where the wind has suddently died off and the load demand is still there. Running jet fuel generators is neither cost effective or environmentally good. But coal is one of the most abundant natural resources our country has and we have a reserve of coal to last us many generations in our country. But our administration has outlawed coal and taxed it to de-incetivise the use of it by most power companies. AS the power companies have to pay more for the main fuel to make power, the cost is past on to the consumer (you and me). IMO any energy rate increase hits the bottom line of any business and therfore makes our country struggle. The littler the business the more the impact. IMO the administration should clearly think about the regulation it is doing to our country and forcing a lot of business people out of their livelyhood!!! We are doing this to ourselves and we need to wake up as a country!!! Too many people have fought and died for what we are today!!! But we are starting to implode by the rules and regulations put upon ourselves!!!
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