Building wind farms for profit, not need
Simply put the Oak Prairie wind farm is a good example of how developers and the county boards are ripping off the American taxpayers who fund these projects through subsidies. They are simply locating these projects wherever they can find a farmer/landowner who does not care about his neighbors and they think the resistance will be light (low income areas). There is no concern for power output. This is costing us all millions of dollars; many MW's of energy and gives the wind power industry poor performance numbers.
July 11, 2007
by Steve Holesinger, Stockton
in The Journal-Standard
I have a few comments concerning proposed wind farms in the area. I'll try to keep it short and simple.
There is a map called the "Illinois Wind Resource Map." This map shows the areas of the best wind. The best wind in Illinois is Class 4, which is 15.7 to 16.8 mph at 50 meters high and is shown as the pink areas of the map. Most of the state is Class 2 and 3 winds. Class 2 and 3 winds are 12.5 to 15.7 mph at 50 meters high.
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