On the plains of eastern Colorado a new crop is being planted. Giant windmills are springing up out of the ground to capture the winds that streak across the prairie. Wheat and corn fields are covered over with roads and concrete pads. 400 foot tall giants are constructed next to the transmission lines. Aviation charts will be changed to reflect the new hazard reaching into the clouds.
They are sited in such a way to have maxiumn wind capture. Out across the fileds they stand, as a menace or benelovent gurad?
For some it is a blessing, others they are a bane and some the hope of a future world. Electricity from wind is not new it has been for years a way to get electricity to remote isolated spots and capturing the winds energy has been around for centuries. Wind power for grinding has been used by man since time immemorial.
So why hasn’t it been in use for electricity production before. Cost is one of the biggest factors of producing electricity in mass. To generate from the wind is about a 3:1 ratio. Coal fired electricity plants are still the least expensive then gas fired plants. With the big push for wind turbines and the growing consumption of electricity nuclear is being looked at again. Nuclear is probably the most cost effective way to produce electricity, it is still the image of nuclear waste to deal with but….
So what will wind turbines cost us? First will be the rise in electrical rates then look downstream at everything electricity is used to produce, factories, steel, cars, food, commercial and industrial use and home use. All will see a dramatic price increase. So not only will the eclectic bill go up but everything else we use will go up in price. This may result in more jobs going overseas where they still produce cheap electricity.
A power transmisson grid needs to be nearby to put the electricity into the system. It can not be stored and only works when the wind is with certain speed parameters. They do not produce electricity on demand.
Monster machines work the site to unload and erect the towers. fields will be covered and some will be lost as the giant windmills stand overhead.
By Federal government mandate the American consumer is going to pay more for their products so we can have the illusion of a green country. Question, will it really help or is the harm going to be so much we will spend ourselves into poverty?
Step back and look at another cost of these giant machines. They take land to sit on plus all the materials to build them. How much energy is spent in their manufacture and what will be the return on investment. Will the cost amortize out in less than 5 years, a good rule of thumb for investment. Lost land, what will that cost? These massive structures cover about an acre and with service roads and access it will average about 10 acres of lost land. Therefore 100 towers will consume about 1000 acres. Multiply that out to the thousands that are built and the thousands under proposal. Millions of acres of farmland will be lost and pastures. Not only will food prices go up because of the electrical cost, they will also go up because of lost production of land.
Farms are dwarfed by their size. If one fails and goes wild the blades can fly as far as a mile away and the sparks set wild fires. Right now ir is a novel idea and some money in the pockets of the farmers. What does the future hold, what will the real costs be, what are we rushing into?
There are so many factors that go into these things that get lost or ignored. A small group of people have the notion that this is the way to go and are blind to the costs of human suffering it will cause. The most impacted will be the poor…… It is always the poor that get hit by projects like this. Have they become the throw away portion of society or is there other factors involved.