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American Wind Projects

The U.S. wind industry is on its way to charting another record-shattering year of
growth. That capacity will generate over 60 billion kWh of electricity in 2009,
enough to serve over 5.5 million American homes and eliminating the burning of

* 30.4 million short tons of coal (enough to fill two 1,000-mile-long coal trains),
* 91 million barrels of oil per year, or
* 560 Bcf of natural gas (about 9% of the natural gas used for electricity generation)

Hull, Massachusetts – Offshore Wind Turbines
This resort town, population 11,000, plans to moor four 260-foot-tall turbines a
mile and a half offshore, at a total cost of $40 million. Along with Hull’s two
existing onshore turbines, wind power could generate 14 megawatts, enough to supply
energy to the entire community.

Mojave Desert, California – Solar Farms
This fall, construction begins on a five-square-mile stretch of heliostats, small
moveable mirrors that follow the sun’s rays and reflect them onto a boiler on top
of a central tower. The sunlight heats water inside the boiler’s pipes to temperatures
above 1,000°F, creating steam that generates electricity in a nearby turbine. By 2011,
the plant will produce its first 100 megawatts.

Pembrokeshire, Wales – Wave Power
As part of the U.K.’s goal of running on 10 percent renewable energy by 2010, this
summer Wales will install a Wave Dragon converter, the world’s largest wave-energy
generator. The 980-foot-long device captures waves in basins. When the water rushes
back into the sea, it spins turbines, producing seven megawatts of electricity.

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  1. Diane Scott Says:

    Excellent! Now for Nevada to jump onboard! (And high time, too!)

    Diane Scotts last blog post..Temptation May Start Your New Year Off On The Wrong Foot

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … Sure! why not! lets get all states on board!

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  4. kim Says:

    You have great posts, Linda. I found your site through Posipeople.com (it’s not my website, but since I don’t have my own website, and I sometimes post things on posipeople, I listed it.) There was an article linked on posipeople about harnessing energy in Southern California, via wind, solar, in the desert, but there is some opposition about transporting energy long-distances, over undeveloped land. Interesting to think about. Thanks for posting on posipeople!

    kims last blog post..Top 10 Positive Steps in 2008

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi OIMS … Thanks for the pingback!! 🙂

    Hi Kim … Above the ground would be an eyesore but maybe they will think of burying the transmission lines and all will be better.

  6. kim Says:

    Hey linda, another person noted on the posipeople comments that the wind farms conflict with other environmentalists for the windmills being a threat to the wildlife (birds), and that there was a windfarm in California (Altamont pass?) that got shut down because too many birds were being killed…the person posted on your posipeople link.

    kims last blog post..Top 10 Positive Steps in 2008

  7. Pete Simmons Says:

    Bird kills are wildly exaggerated by opponents of wind turbines; the blades of large turbines move too slowly to harm all but the stupidest birds [survival of the fittest still?] or large, very slow flying birds. There are measures to increase the visual impact of the blades to birds, so they don’t think if it as empty space. This really isn’t an issue, but is put about as if it is. Wild birds are killed in their millions every year by pet cats, but you don’t hear opponents of wind turbines calling for cats to be killed or controlled, as they don’t actually care about birds.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Kim … So Altamont pass has been shut down? Is it totally for the bird demise or cause of the acreage coverage?

    Hi Pete … I think people go too far when it comes to birds (especially eating ripe fruit) flying drunk into the blades. I think you are right, this is a ploy for the bigger issue.

  9. kim Says:

    Looks like on Wikipedia, the small ones are getting replaced by big ones…and they were shut down not because of just the birds, but because of the fact that 70 of the birds were federally protected eagles… I don’t think any new big, slower moving ones have been installed yet, and the little ones are still on the hill shut down… here’s the wikipedia entry below. I think, Pete, that there are always multiple sides to an issue, and there are probably environmentalists who aren’t in favor of wind turbines for this reason, and also that some alternative energy foes seize upon this as ammunition. No black and white, only complexity and politics and money. The wikipedia entry:

    “The Altamont Pass Wind Farm is one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. The wind farm is composed of over 4900 relatively small wind turbines of various types, making it at one time the largest farm in the world in terms of capacity. Altamont Pass is still the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world, with a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), producing about 125 MW on average and 1.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) yearly.[1] They were installed after the 1970s energy crisis in response to favorable tax policies for investors.

    Considered largely obsolete, these numerous small turbines are being gradually replaced with much larger and more cost-effective units. The small turbines are dangerous to various raptors that hunt California Ground Squirrels in the area. 1300 raptors are killed annually. Among them are 70 golden eagles that are federally protected. In total, 4700 birds are killed annually.[2] The larger units turn more slowly and, being elevated higher, are less hazardous to the local wildlife.
    Windmills dot the landscape as Interstate 580 passes through the Altamont Pass Wind Farm

    An advantage of this particular site is that under hot inland (California Central Valley) conditions a thermal low is developed that brings in cool coastal marine air through this pass, driving the turbines at a time of maximum need. Unfortunately this is not always reliable and with an inland high pressure condition the entire region can be both hot and windless. At this time additional power is provided by natural gas powered gas turbine peaker plants. Future development of solar power stations may provide a complementary source of renewable energy, because summertime heat events often feature abundant sunshine to compensate for the low winds.”

    kims last blog post..Top 10 Positive Steps in 2008

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Kim … Very good, Kim, you are right on the money. I am just glad that folks in the seventies were forward thinking enough to install those turbines … their lessons are already here for us to learn from and the opportunity to overcome some fallacies or problems before they happen.

  11. asmaliana Says:

    Wow, U.S are really move forward to produce green energy while my country still thinking about building a bigger dam.

    asmalianas last blog post..Give your gift to the World!

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi asmaliana … It has been a slow and arduous travel but it seems like the going green effort is really taking off!

  13. wilson Says:

    At least, I’m now can see some new hopes here, Linda.

    Hopefully, the renewable energy will on their peak in the future…

    wilsons last blog post..Drinking Water is Not Only For Quench Your Thirst!

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