A great LTE about energy
I wrote this about a Dominion Recourses Wind farm in West Virginia
"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. "~ Carl Kilo on Wind farms Blow
This great LTE was published today in the Coalfield Progress.
Use energy resources we have wisely
TO THE EDITOR:
Change is inevitable. Sometimes the winds of change bring fresh air, sometimes polluted air. We welcome fresh air; we fight polluted air.
Some of us remember outhouses and we welcomed indoor plumbing, but that brought about river and stream pollution. Rather than going back to outhouses, we devised controls, such as sewer plants and, in rural areas, septic tanks.
In the area of fossil fuel emissions, emotions seem to have obliterated logic. Pollution control laws have brought about necessary changes, much like sewage control laws.
Our state of Virginia and the state of California are the only two states that must buy electricity from other states at the present time. Therefore, when the crunch of limited supply comes, as it will, those two states will be the first to suffer.
The experts who are looking into alternate sources of energy are coming up with dismal solutions. The land requirement for alternate energy production is astounding. The amount of wood required to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity would require a forest of 1,000 square miles.
The Glen Canyon Dam that can produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity is backed up by a reservoir 250 miles square. That’s why we stopped building dams in the 1960s, because they were drowning scenic canyons and displacing populations.
Those 30-story windmills produce 1.5 megawatts apiece. Getting 1,000 megawatts would require a wind farm 75 miles square. The present research into organic biofuels is also dismal, resulting in a consumption of food grain contributing to the world food shortage, with little or no energy results.
While we wait for an alternate energy fuel source, we must conserve and use the energy sources we now have, while keeping a vigilant control through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Quality to control pollution output. Otherwise, we may soon join California and regress to the energy equivalent of the outhouse.