While gas plants are cleaner than coal plants, they still deliver CO2 and pollutants into the atmopshere where renewable energy does not.No-one claims that a gas plant looks pretty - they don't. But they don't build them on top of mountains .. or in such numbers.
A typical gas plant may provide say 300MW. A typical wind farm may be say 30MW in capacity. With an average capacity factor of 25%, we need 40 30MW wind farms to provide the same average power as the gasplant.
We all know by now this is economic madness, but it is also environmental madness. Pure subsidised stupidity.
The state of Texas is not a place where renewable energy is subsidised. But here is a announcement to supply a 200MW wind farm. Tesax is a popular palce for wind farms in the US.
REVE - Regulacin Elica con Vehculos Elctricos -Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will build, own and operate the 200-megawatt (MW) Los Vientos I Wind power Project in Willacy County, approximately 120 miles south of Corpus Christi and 20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
And the Texan farmers who get paid to have the turbines on their land are not complaining about the noise, nor are these ones in Minnesota.
There is also a auditory masking effect whereby an adjacent sound [both in frequency & time] may mask weaker sounds. So just stick on some chunes & enjoy your free fuel.
BTW: wouldn't Vertical Axis Turbines generate less noise, be less visually intrusive & friendlier to birds & bats, even if less efficient?
I'm out in Austria for the past 2 weeks and the sound of the crickets at night is very audible - so are we gonna kill all the little buggers?
I thought we had some big wind farms (near Gort for example) in Ireland until I drove from Vienna to Budapest where there is a seemingly endless windfarm(s) stretching for 25-30 miles with about 300 (?? open to correction) turbines.
Must be some noise off those babies.
Ten years ago in Clare there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the prospect of two windfarms in the county. Apparently it was suggested that pregnant women, were they to see spinning blades would spontaneously abort, two headed calves would be born, television signals would be obliterated and the air would be a mass of feathers and drops of blood, and that the local population would be driven mad from the noise.
Hasn't happened yet.
After some well known alleged scullduggery by a couple of cute hoors on the local authority, one got the go ahead-in a valley-where it produces at max 65% of what it could produce were it not hidden from view.
The other on a height was refused, ostensibly because it violated the county development plan at the time with respect to visual amenity. More likely that the promoters refused to payup-£70000 is the alleged figure doing the rounds.
Last edited by Scitlipo; 19th August 2011 at 11:00 PM.