Wise County Power Plant - Wind Farm - Anti Coal Protest - Insanity
With all the talk about the evils of coal I found this article about a wind farm in West Virginia interesting.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Mount Storm wind farm has a new $185 million construction and operating loan.
European banking and insurance giant Fortis and Spanish banking group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria said Friday they will be the lead lenders for a 15-year loan for the NedPower Mount Storm project.
NedPower will be jointly owned by Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources and Shell WindEnergy Inc.
The project’s first phase, 82 turbines capable of generating 164 megawatts of electricity, is scheduled to start commercial operations next January.
Dominion and Shell have said they plan 50 more turbines despite an ongoing legal challenge. In June, the state Supreme Court reinstated a lawsuit brought by homeowners living near the northeastern West Virginia project.(LINK)
Yes, Dominion Resources owns a wind farm. Here are some Google Earth pics of the project. The project looks intrusive to me. In fact, by the time the grading and drainage work is complete it looks like mountain top removal. We read that homeowners nearby file lawsuits.
The article says that 82 turbines are needed to generate 164 megawatts. The new Wise County Power Plant will generate 585 megawatts. It would take close to 300 turbines to produce that power. That is a lot of turbines and land. The Mount Storm wind farm with its 82 turbines is over 14 miles long "14 miles of turbines, 82 turbines, two rows deep." If Wise county used the same design it would take over 5o miles of turbines. What a view.
After some thought, I have concluded that with the present technology - Wind Farms Blow. The answer for our power needs in Wise County is not blowin in the wind, but being mined daily by proud miners above and below ground. The opponents of the Wise County Plant need to face the reality of our energy needs and what source can immediately provide that for the next 100 years. The answer is coal. Until the anti coal people can provide a solution to our energy needs, we all should be thankful we have coal. Instead of protesting coal, why not support cleaner coal technology and good mining practices until other energy sources, like wind farms, are refined. Coal is not a curse, but a blessing. We don't have to depend on foreign countries to provide it, making us energy independent and secure. Protesting our main power source when there is no other feasible alternative is insane.