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 Post subject: Wind Farms
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:53 pm 
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Who is seeing wind farms constructed in their area?

In upstate NY, and even southern Ontario, there has been a huge increase in wind farm development.

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I drove from the Chicagoland area to Starved Rock (Utica, IL) over the weekend, and saw a newer wind farm near the town of Paw Paw, IL on I-39. I probably come through there once every year or two... and it wasn't there the last time.

I had to stop and the rest stop and take a couple of pictures.

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We've got lots of them in West Texas - from Abilene to El Paso - they chop up the migrating birds to feed the Coyotes

(FYI I think Uffe is an Engineer in Denmark that works with them)

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We have over 200 going in around me...


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john jr wrote:
We have over 200 going in around me...


Where are you? :?:

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Lafayette area.The ones going in are along 41 around kentland


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I know in southern Minnesota you can't get away from the wind farms... they're everywhere... which is kinda cool

i have to find those pictures...

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I don't think the city would like it much if I put one in my back yard... *sigh*

Props to those finding the alternative energy sources.

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Maple Ridge Wind Farm is near me in upstate NY. Here are a few photos.


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 Post subject: Jiminy Peak
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Even a local ski mountain, Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA installed a wind turbine to power lifts, snowmaking and other power needs.

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check this one out

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I not up on the latest technology on wind turbines, but if they are anything like they used to be, which I'm sure now they are not, they are not cost effective to build without the finiancial aid of tax write-offs. Back in the 80's, I used to work for a company that made 2 different sizes of wind turbines and sent them out to Altamont Pass in CA. We had over a year worth of backlog on these things when the Federal Govt. started making noise about doing away with the federal write-off. Within one week, all the investors of these things cancelled all the orders, even though CA. still had their state write-off in effect. That was the end of that business for us. Don't know how many states that have wind turbines in them now have finiancial aid in the form of write-offs or whatever in place to make them worth doing, but they used to be a pretty high maintainence for the amount of energy they produced...at that time 50 to 150kw.
Does anyone know the rating on these things now?
I can't remember who had what, but I believe back then the state write off was 3 years, and the fed was 5 years, although that may be in reverse.

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I dont have pics of it but there is a huge one in KS, they just built it not too long ago

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I forgot to post these before... but of course, they have a bunch of turbines at Coal Creek OHV (Windrock) too:

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SmokinJoe wrote:
Does anyone know the rating on these things now?


Major wind turbine OEM's produce them in the 1.5MW to 3.0MW range. 1.5 to 2.5 are the most common for land based applications.

The PTC (production tax credit) will probably expire, but the RPS (renewable porfolio standard) will probably increase per state and nationwide. That means states will have to get a certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources. Besides hydro, wind is the best choice right now.

Wind turbines are great dispatchable power sources (i.e., intermittent), but they are not baseload generation sources (i.e., always on 24/7). However, they do reduce the amount of baseload generation fuel required. For example, the wind turbines can reduce the amount of coal or natural gas needed for power generation.

Wind turbines are definitely one piece in the energy solution puzzle.

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 Post subject: Wind & Solar
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http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringReports/061108/883198/N001434547/

Interesting interview about wind and solar.

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 Post subject: Re: Wind Farms
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:08 pm 
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MOSFET wrote:
Who is seeing wind farms constructed in their area?

In upstate NY, and even southern Ontario, there has been a huge increase in wind farm development.


There are at least four large wind farms in Ks. I just heard on the news today that the wind produces 3% of Ks electricity and by the end of 2008 it will be 10%

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