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Originally posted by Animal
reply to post by _Phoenix_
Every house may be pushing it as the urban fabric dramatically alters the flow of wind, which hampers the ability to capture it for production.
Still you raise a very important point and that is the break down of the centralized 'power grid'. The easiest solution to the intermittent nature of wind and solar power is the creation of a storage facility on site to store extra energy that can then be used when it is not sunny or windy.
THE DEADLY TOLL OF WIND POWER
‘The Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area is also a symbol of the wind industry's biggest stain - the killings of thousands of birds, including majestic golden eagles, by turbines. The result has been a wrenching civil war among those who are otherwise united in the struggle to save the planet and its creatures. It's been nearly a year since a controversial legal settlement was forged among wildlife groups, wind companies and Alameda County regulators. That agreement, opposed by some parties to the dispute, promised to reduce deaths of golden eagles and three other raptor species by 50 percent in three years and called for the shutdown or relocation of the 300 or so most lethal of the approximately 5,000 windmills at Altamont. But five scientists appointed by the county say the settlement and accompanying efforts to reduce bird deaths are not on track to meet the 50 percent goal ...“We are deeply distressed about the continuing bird deaths and about the companies not being on track for the 50 percent reduction, ” said Elizabeth Murdock, executive director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, a chief plaintiff in the lawsuit that has reshaped the battle over the birds.
Originally posted by desert
What if, instead of investing in warfare for energy resources, each person was given the tax dollars to convert their residence to personal energy production?
Originally posted by Long Lance
reply to post by Buck Division
that's until you have to dispose of the waste and keep it guarded forever or until another Chernobyl happens. considering that GW will be all but dismissed at a time when these proposed nukes will still be in operation, i'd call it case of effective PR.
the key to real, tangible reductions in energy consumption is the use of heat pumps in an interconnected way. you're currently running your fridge in a heated room in wintertime, how much sense does that make? the key to fuel cost is diversification, build a gas liquefaction plant in Alaska already and throw it on the market, take smaller villages off grid using less efficient but locally abundant renewable fuel, etc.