Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for January 7 & 8, 2012

Items of interest:

1:”However, even during this storm, the data shows how quickly wind production can drop. Between 08:00 and 09:00, output was a third of what had been forecast, having dropped to 1,087 megawatts whereas the forecast for this period was 3,480MWs.” – BBC News

2:”WIND POWER: IS IT WORTH IT” – WV Highlands Conservancy

Commentary begins on P-14

3-Sit on your butt and earn a million bucks – “Wind farms earn £1m to shut down over Christmas and New Year gales

Wow … does this sound familiar!

4:”The debate goes back to 2008, when Missourians voted by a 2-1 margin to require investor-owned utilities like Ameren to derive 2 percent of their electric generation from renewable resources in 2011 — a percentage that would steadily increase to 15 percent in 2021. It further stipulated that electric bills couldn’t increase more than 1 percent over what they would be otherwise.”STLToday

Wishing won’t make it a reality!

5-When country is broke and you continue to toss taxpayer dollars at pitifully performing renewables, it has to come from somewhere – Doctors going broke

6:Wind Turbines and Proximity to Homes: The impact of wind turbine noise on health  – Industrial Wind Action Group

Just ask folks in Mineral County WV!

7:German jobs boom in renewable energy questionedPHYSORG

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