Items of interest:
1:The World Coal Association calculates that it takes 250tons of coal to produce a 3MW offshore wind turbine and 150tons for a 3MW onshore wind turbine. – mining.com
2:Global Deal: BP, Sempra Energy to Invest $1 Billion in U.S. Wind Farms – Wall Street Journal
So, does anyone really believe BP (one of the largest oil producers) and Sempra (which owns electric and natural-gas utilities in California, as well as gas pipelines and storage facilities and gas export terminals in the U.S. and Mexico) is on a suicidal mission to replace their profitable fossil fuel business with “free” wind energy? It seems more likely they realize industrial wind will actually increase the need for their product and, as a side bonus, they get into the REC trade business with a little taxpayer subsidy as the icing on the cake.
Taxpayer subsidy? You betcha! What the mighty Wall Street Journal forgot to mention was that these projects will be built this year and “wind power developers are racing to build new plants ahead of the expected expiration of a tax credit at the end of 2012.” Matt Daily at Thompson Reuters was kind enough to point this out! Thanks, Matt!
3:From the “this one slipped past me” file: – Broken Wind Turbine Blades Create Mountainous Waste Problem
4:PUTTING WIND TURBINES OUT OF WILDLIFE’S WAY – Audubon Magazine
Once you learn that industrial wind is nothing more than an energy impostor existing to profit owners by separating taxpayers and consumers from their money, “out of the way” will not be far enough.
5:Oh! Before you get all warm and fuzzy about Item 4, keep in mind the long forest fracturing transmission lines required to reach these arguably unnecessary far flung 747 size tinker toys. – Obama Administration Draws Criticism For Fast-Tracking Transmission Line Project Through National Park Units