Wind energy within the United states updates

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  1. Matthew
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    This thread will be for all updates on the expansion of wind power within the United states. I'm going to work to combine some of the threads this way to not clutter the forum.
    -Updates on percentage of electric is done by wind power
    -Updates on the construction of new wind power sites
    -Reports on the super big wind farms...


    US Reaches 50 GW of Wind Energy Capacity in Q2 of 2012



    Pic of how many homes it can power at different MW level
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    Look who's becoming supportive of it...In the future this isn't going to be a democrat and republican issue. I've come to the conclusion that wind deserves the same tax credit as coal.
     
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    Capacity is not the same as output now is it?

    Wind power will never reach its nominal output for the simple reason that the wind doesn't blow all the time.

    Not to mention the fact that windmills uglify the landscape.
     
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    SkullPilot is ENTIRELY correct. If you're impressed by INSTALLED capacity, you're not living in reality. The best sited wind farms in America produce 30% of their INSTALLED capacity. So your 50 GW is really more like 15GW. Take the fact that 50% of that is generated in only about 100 days a year and you get an 8 month period of under 7.5GW.

    Then if you're still not depressed, you need to add in the dumped or redundant power generated by the Nat Gas or Coal Plant that is the PRIMARY source of power. Always sitting there idling in the background while wind gets it's 40 minutes of fame on the grid..

    Too much hype -- not enough reality... Sorry man --- I'm NOT a fan..

    Get it ?? A fan???
     
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    US energy consumption approaches 450,000 megawatts. The incredible investment of windmills that boasts of a disputed figure of 50,000 megawatts is like pissing on the 3rd rail.
     
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    Really bugs you fellows, doesn't it. You are standing out in left field doing the neener-neener act, and wind and solar just keep growing at double digit compound rates.
     
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    As if the present use of energy in the US could serve as a standard!

    Use has nothing to do with need.

    Wind is one element that can be used in the total mix.

    Alternative energies are the future. Maintaining present energy policies and consumption is suicide.

    Like pissing on the third rail.
     
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    The argument that wind and solar aren't as efficient as hydrocarbons is certainly valid.

    They aren't.

    But efficiency isn't the only variable that one ought to take into account.

    Consider the fact that wind and solar pollute much less and that they are not diminishing assets.

    Failure to consider all the factors involving the true cost of energy, and the availability of that energy source in the future is rather stupid, don't you think?

    Well, of course, I am realy only asking those of us who DO think, of course.

    Naturally none of us really expect the boards sophists for the oil companies to actually do any real thinking.
     
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    "The argument that wind and solar aren't as efficient as hydrocarbons is certainly valid.

    They aren't."

    I only take exception to the word 'efficient'. They are, however, certainly less efficient at furnishing astronomical profits to a few self-centered, bloated corporations.
     
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    Wind isn't worth the investment.

    Solar is more viable because we don't have to clutter up our wild empty spaces to do it.

    But really nuclear is the best option for reliable emission free power.
     

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