Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for August 1, 2012

Items of Interest:

1-“Special political favor at the local, state, and federal levels have created an artificial industry: industrial windpower.”MasterResource

2-“Ontarians interested in quickly finding the location of wind turbines in the province have their work cut out for them.  The province doesn’t make public a consolidated map of its thousands of turbines. The Ontario Power Authority, which approves wind turbine contracts, doesn’t have one; neither does the Ministry of Natural Resources nor the Ministry of Energy.”CBC News Technology & Science

Surprised?  Ask any of your elected officials in the Appalachian region if they’ve seen a plot plan for thousands of current and projected wind towers required to meet the ridiculous renewable energy standards they’ve legislated.

Ignorance may be bliss – but it’s not a valid excuse.

3-Wind energy and stray voltage … interest seems to be growing –

4-“Despite extensive area cleared around the base of each turbine, Ewing said, the blaze still spread into a wildland fire that swiftly engulfed 367 acres. If not for prompt reporting by a witness, it could have been far worse.”National Wind Watch

Makes you wonder what would happen if this occured on top of the Allegheny Front?

5-Peak Minerals: Shortage of Rare Earth Metals Threatens Renewable

“The magnets that drive a Toyota Prius hybrid’s electric motor use around 1 kilogram of neodymium, while 10 – 15 kg of lanthanum is used in its battery … around one tonne of REE-based permanent magnets is needed to provide each MW of wind-turbine power.”

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