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Jon Boone discusses "Life Under a Windplant"

A woman now residing in Gaithersburg recently wrote to praise the power of limited liability wind companies to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, and to condemn the fact that a "propaganda-istic" documentary I made, Life Under a Windplant, featuring the people and scenes around Meyersdale, is available from the county public library. People are entitled to their opinions, of course. But here are the facts.

Because of wind technology's unpredictable fluctuations in any energy it provides, a gargantuan wind project produces no capacity value, that is, power on demand-which is essential if we are to have reliable, affordable, secure electricity. All conventional generators, including coal, provide high levels of effective capacity. Integrating unreliable wind energy into a system that insists upon reliability is a daunting challenge, with grave consequences both for costs to ratepayers and for carbon emissions offsets. There are no independent, transparent measurements anywhere, including Denmark and Germany, showing that wind plants result in significant system-wide carbon emissions savings. A hundred wind projects could not replace a single coal farm.

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A woman now residing in Gaithersburg recently wrote to praise the power of limited liability wind companies to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, and to condemn the fact that a "propaganda-istic" documentary I made, Life Under a Windplant, featuring the people and scenes around Meyersdale, is available from the county public library. People are entitled to their opinions, of course. But here are the facts.

Because of wind technology's unpredictable fluctuations in any energy it provides, a gargantuan wind project produces no capacity value, that is, power on demand-which is essential if we are to have reliable, affordable, secure electricity. All conventional generators, including coal, provide high levels of effective capacity. Integrating unreliable wind energy into a system that insists upon reliability is a daunting challenge, with grave consequences both for costs to ratepayers and for carbon emissions offsets. There are no independent, transparent measurements anywhere, including Denmark and Germany, showing that wind plants result in significant system-wide carbon emissions savings. A hundred wind projects could not replace a single coal farm.

I made Life Under a Windplant as part of my Maryland Public Service Commission testimony, largely in response to wind developer claims that local people loved living near huge wind facilities, which, they asserted, made no noise and produced many jobs and local revenues while improving property values in the region. I let the people of Meyersdale refute these claims personally in their own words while recording the images of the turbines and the noise they make very faithfully. I have freely given thousands of these DVDs away to people throughout the world, where they now play in every state in the USA and throughout Canada. Library staff have even received calls for them from England. I recently received a bottle of wine from a vintner in Australia by way of appreciation.

One does wonder whether the good people in Montgomery County, including those in Gaithersburg, would welcome 42-story wind turbines in their community, especially when they realized they produced little power relative to demand, produced no meaningful carbon emissions savings, and were little more than Enronesque tax shelter generators allowing scam artists like T. Boone Pickens to make even more money at public expense. When I put this question to some of Montgomery County's political leaders a few years ago, they smiled, lowered their heads, and voted to put the wind mess in the mountains....


Source: http://www.therepublicannew...

AUG 7 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/16390-jon-boone-discusses-life-under-a-windplant
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