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I think that every study under the sun states that this would be a great idea for the lake. There is enough wind, we have the industrial and manufacturing base to produce the parts, and it would be great for the economy. What the hell is the hold up? My understanding is that they are doing another study, does anybody know why this hasn't moved forward, or if there are plans in the work to build something not just study it?
Don't be suprised if the impact study on birds turns out to be the big, significant hurdle. I have a friend who researches this issue in Utah. He is pro wind, but said flat out that those blades kill birds. Knowing ecactly how the turbines location will affect migratory birds is going to be a heated topic.
I am not 100% on this, but isn't the Canadian goose a protected species?
... I hope to God that most involved/concerned know that other parts of the world have embraced this technology and we don't need to reinvent some wheel to get this moving forward. ...This new industry/technology excites me more than anything else going on in this city/region!
Quote from: mj1403 on October 01, 2008, 12:16:56 PMI am not 100% on this, but isn't the Canadian goose a protected species? You are correct, the Canada Goose is a protected species. Canada geese are protected by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1929. The former, the implementation of a 1916 convention signed by the United States and Canada, prohibits the hunting, possessing, purchasing and exporting of migratory birds "or any part, or egg of any such bird." Since neither law makes mention of wind turbines the protection of their species wouldn't be legally required under the current law in regard to this issue. (i.e. no instant red flag). Of course the environmental impact study would consider the effect on them and other species.
Quote from: surfohio on October 01, 2008, 05:04:55 AMDon't be suprised if the impact study on birds turns out to be the big, significant hurdle. I have a friend who researches this issue in Utah. He is pro wind, but said flat out that those blades kill birds. Knowing ecactly how the turbines location will affect migratory birds is going to be a heated topic. From what I understand this isn't an issue with large wind turbines. They would possibly effect some migratory patterns, but appropriate spacing may alleviate that. Your friend in Utah may be referring to the 70s and 80s era small wind turbines that are in the deserts of Nevada, California and possibly Utah(?). The science is very simple. The smaller the blade the faster it needs to spin to create the torque necessary for power generation. Large wind turbines spin relatively slowly and don't kill nearly as many birds as the smaller turbines, which have proven to be very effective bird murderers.This guy sums it up quite nicely... "Former CEO of Superior Renewable Energy John Calaway talks about the impact of offshore wind farms on migrating bird species during a luncheon on South Padre Island Sept. 6, 2006. (Ryan Henry / Island Breeze)" http://www.youtube.com/v/tHn5xkXEtjU&hl=en&fs=1
^Can someone please tell the Plain Dealer that a windmill is used for grinding wheat into flour, and a wind turbine is used for power generation?