In response to the Jan. 1 article by Rod Pelton and Greg Brophy, “In Colorado, conservative and pro-oil and gas communities support renewables, too”:
Just what conservative voices are you referring to? Could it be certain parties that share in the handout of Federal subsidies for windfarm construction, landowners who get well paid for windmill sites, gas companies that provide generating capability when the wind is lacking? Yes, just follow the tax money that supplies this industry the power to deceive many.
Unfortunately, windfarms only supply about 32% of their rated capacity and cannot supply anywhere near enough to meet demand. Windmill life expectancy is about half the original estimates.
Windfarms are ugly, and use tremendous amounts of open land. They usually have to be located far from population centers that need the electricity and have a high percentage of line (power) losses from generation point to actual use.
My point should be obvious. Windmills are not predictable for power output and are intermittent in both in amount of power generated and the time frames they generate power.
Gas or coal-fired power plants normally generate power at about 10% over peak demands, so that shortages at any time can be offset by short-term backup capabilities.
Intermittent power generation provided by windfarms is just not compatible with the grid and has already caused several large-scale brownouts. There will be more to come. We must change our policies, return to standard generating systems or face even more serious brownouts and blackouts in the future.
Every state that has gone to mandated renewables for electricity has seen a steady, noticeable increase in consumer electrical bills.
Talk to people in Australia, Spain and now even Germany to see how much they regret their windmill ventures. This is truly a disaster in the making.
William H. Snyer