WIND ENERGY MAY BE THE BIGGEST SCAM IN THE US
Wind energy may be the biggest scams in the US. I am a retired engineer with over 30 years’ experience working with electric utilities. I have been against wind turbines ever since they were first introduced.
Wind turbines are not economically viable and are only built because of the billions of dollars in tax incentives that is being wasted by our government to support them. Our government plans to spend over $40 billion over the next 9 years in support of wind energy. I have a letter from US Representative Sam Graves in which he states “We should not be providing tax incentives for a source of energy that is not economically viable. Instead, we should focus our efforts on alternative energy sources that can support themselves.” Even with the tax incentives, everywhere wind turbines have gone into production, electric rates have gone up.
Despite all of the media hype, wind energy is not “green”. First of all it does not and cannot replace any of the fossil fuel generators currently in production because it is too unreliable. Wind turbines require a minimum wind speed of 10 mph to operate and 25 to 31 mph to reach full output. In northwest Missouri the average wind speed is below the 10 mph threshold on average about 250 days per year. Factoring in the steel required to build the wind turbines and the energy that they burn to keep the rotors turning slowly when not generating, they have a negative impact on the environment.
Wind turbines create health and environmental problems in the communities where they are installed. Property values are also reduced because nobody wants to live among them. In the letter referenced above, Representative Sam Graves acknowledges that “new wind farms projects come with real, negative consequences.”
With all of the wind turbines currently install in the US, they represent less than 8% of the electric generation. Bottom line is that we can’t build enough wind turbines to really do any good and even if enough capacity was built, it is still too unreliable to do any good. The large developers installing the wind turbines don’t care about efficiency, meteorological data, or community concerns. It is all about the money, the tax incentives. We need to stop the tax incentives, and then all the other problems will go away.