Environment

Check out how bright Ohio’s future could be if we are smart about our natural resources:  Good for Ohio: Clean Coal Information Campaign by American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Information about the Environmental Impact of Industrial Wind:  Roger A. McEowen, Professor at the Iowa State University Center For Agricultural Law and Taxation:

Very Little Carbon Dioxide Savings:  The National Research Council of the National Academies concluded in a 2007 study that even under the most optimistic conditions, the U.S. carbon dioxide savings by 2020 will be approximately 1.755 percent – a trivial amount. Specifically, the authors of the report estimated that by 2020, wind energy will offset approximately 4.5 percent of the carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted by other electricity sources. In 2005, electricity generation accounted for 39 percent of the nation’s total CO2 emissions. Thus, 4.5 percent of 39 percent is 1.755 percent.

Adverse Visual Impact:  A section of land can house anywhere from six to twelve aerogenerators, which means that the size of a typical wind power station may have a visual impact of between 150 and 250 square miles.

For Full Report: Roger McEowen – Iowa State Professor – Wind Farm Report

When a wind developer says a wind farm can power 50,000 homes…What does that REALLY mean?  Because of the low capacity factor for an aerogenerator, it is inaccurate to say, for example, that “a wind power station will be able to power 50,000 homes.” The accurate statement would be, with respect to a wind power station with a 30% capacity factor, “The wind power station can provide power for up to 50,000 homes 30 percent of the time on a random basis.  In fact, a 30% capacity factor is really never achieve.  (In all of New York, the average capacity factor was under 20%.)  Thus, the wind turbine facility cannot really replace baseload coal, gas or nuclear power sources.

John Droz discusses the Scientist’s approach to determining whether wind power makes sense:   Scientist John Droz – Presentation on Wind Energy from a scientific view

Five Myths About Green Power

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