Nuclear power is one necessary component of electricity
A 1 GW coal or nuclear base load plant needs less than 500 acres. An equivalent 1 GW base load wind power at U.S. average capacity of about 22 percent would require 45,000 acres, plus another 5,000 acres for transmission corridors. Wind turbines the size of the LDS Church Office Building would be required every 240 feet along I-15 and I-80, spanning the entire state. Unfortunately at this spacing, the 250-foot-diameter blades of each turbine would intersect each other.
February 18, 2008
by Gary M. Sandquist
in Deseret News
The Arjun Makhijani guest editorial is the expected response from an environmental, anti-nuclear group (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Maryland) that monitors national news media responses that are viewed as favorable to nuclear power development. The group, sensing a funding opportunity, then responds with selected data sources that convey their message for public support. I will respond to some of the more inaccurate claims.
First quote "Renewable energy sources are quite sufficient to provide ample and reliable electricity for the United States ... wind energy potential of Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states is two times the entire electricity... [continue via Web link]