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Is Wind Energy Worth It?

Should we really be investing in wind?

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Further Reading –

Calculating the flowfield in the wake of wind turbines
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0167610588900372

Survey of modelling methods for wind turbine wakes and wind farms
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1824(199901/03)2:1%3C1::AID-WE16%3E3.0.CO;2-7/abstract

Renewable Energy Solutions
http://www.ge-ip.com/renewable-energy-solutions

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  1. videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3tSW-DDIdnY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RtgBWNKwBkE

    eagle hit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8NAAzBArYdw

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    http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/industrial-wind-is-destroying-iowas-eagle-habitats-20151227

    Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet’s wingspan. Though the blades appear to move slowly, they can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/house-panel-subpoenas-white-house-on-wind-power-eagle-deaths/

    Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society of Portland said wind farms across the country have killed more than 80 eagles over the last decade.

    “If you have dozens and dozens of them on the landscape it is basically a giant Cuisinart for birds,” said Sallinger. “Bald eagles took decades to recover … we almost lost them because of DDT. Golden eagles are a species biologists are concerned about because they appear to be declining.” http://www.kgw.com/news/Official-Wind–257599781.html

    “Improperly sited and operated wind energy facilities can kill significant numbers of federally protected birds and other species,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, urging developers to follow the Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. “That’s why it’s imperative that wind energy developers work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize these impacts at every stage in the process.”
    Commercial wind power projects can cause the deaths of federally protected birds in four primary ways: collision with wind turbines, collision with associated meteorological towers, collision with, or electrocution by, associated electrical power facilities, and nest abandonment or behavior avoidance from habitat modification.
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/utility-company-sentenced-wyoming-killing-protected-birds-wind-projects-0

    A recent study by federal and state scientists found that U.S. wind turbines could kill up to 1.4 million birds of all species per year by 2030 as the wind energy industry continues to expand. http://www.ibtimes.com/should-wind-turbines-be-allowed-kill-eagles-debate-ratchets-bird-group-lawsuit-1607240

    http://silverford.com/blog//wp-content/uploads/2012/02/wind-speeds-on-site1.jpg

    “Chokecherry and Sierra Madre, the largest onshore wind farm planned in the United States, would annually kill 10 to 14 golden eagles, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projected in a draft environmental study released Wednesday. That figure represents a substantial reduction from the 46 to 64 golden eagle fatalities estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2012.
    http://trib.com/business/energy/feds-project-reduction-in-eagle-deaths-at-chokecherry-and-sierra/article_d0a88aec-3145-5cd2-8f7f-503b421275b1.html

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