To Orwell Today,
About kilowatts and your webpage SPINNING WINDLESS WINDMILLS
I don't know if windmills are a good idea or not. I'm thinking about building one, but I can't tell if it would be just too noisy or not on my property. Anyway, I think you might have a typo on your webpage. You write:
"For example, even running at its capacity (with hurricane wind ideally) a windmill only generates between 700 kilowatts and 2.5 megawatts of electricity. To put that miniscule amount into perspective, it takes 1 kilowatt to power 10 lightbulbs. So, on a good blow day, one windmill could power 700 lightbulbs."
Hmmm. If 1 kilowatt powers 10 lightbulbs (assuming they are 100 watt bulbs and not 60 watts), 700 kilowatts would power 7,000 lightbulbs (not 700). The math is 10 bulbs times 700 kilowatts, which equals 7,000 bulbs. Of course if rather the amount produced is 2.5 megawatts, then we are talking 25,000 lightbulbs. You should know, however, that commercial windmills produce as much as 20 megawatts, with 10 to 15 megawatts being the norm. It's not uncommon for residential windmills to produce 5 megawatts.
Did you actually personally witness windmills powered by deisel fuel at their base? What city was this in?
Doubleplus thanks for the correction to my miscalculation on how many lightbulbs one kilowatt can power -- it's much appreciated.
No, I haven't personally witnessed windmills being powered by deisel engines at their base because I've never seen a commercial windmill up close -- but looking at the design -- in photos -- I can imagine an engine being there.
All the best,
PS - Sorry it's taken so long to answer your email but it got accidently buried and has just now surfaced during filing.
SPINNING WINDLESS WINDMILLS
Wind chill: Losing the PR battle over wind power. National Post, Nov 7, 2008
Are windmill turbines making some people sick?. National Post, Nov 7, 2008
Wind power capacity by province. National Post, Nov 7, 2008
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LIGHTS OUT FOR AMERICA
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CLIMATE-CHANGE DENIER CREED
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SCHOOLS CONVENIENTLY LIED TO
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WHOLE WORLD IN THEIR HANDS?
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WINDMILLS ON KENNEDY CAPE
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GULLIVER ON GM AGRICULTURE (...He desired me to observe a ruined Building upon the Side of a Mountain about three Miles distant, of which he gave me this Account. That he had a very convenient Mill within Half a Mile of his House, turned by a Current from a large River, and sufficient for his own Family as well as a great Number of his Tenants. That, about seven Years ago, a Club of those Projectors came to him with Proposals to destroy this Mill, and build another on the Side of that Mountain, on the long Ridge whereof a long Canal must be cut for a Repository of Water, to be conveyed up by Pipes and Engines to supply the Mill: Because the Wind and Air upon a Height agitated the Water, and thereby made it fitter for Motion: And because the Water descending down a Declivity would turn the Mill with half the Current of a River whose Course is more upon a Level. He said, that being then not very well with the Court, and pressed by many of his Friends, he complyed with the Proposal; and after employing an Hundred Men for two Years, the Work miscarryed, the Projectors went off, laying the Blame entirely upon him; railing at him ever since, and putting others upon the same Experiment, with equal Assurance of Success, as well as equal Disappointment...)
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