Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bad headlines...

This kind of stuff makes folks think wind power could be THE answer to our energy problem.

Giant New Utah Wind Farm Will Power Los Angeles

OK, doesn't that imply to you it will light up the whole dang megalopolis?  But wait, down the story you get the real output.

Featuring 97 wind turbines, the first phase of the project has the capacity to generate 203 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power about 45,000 homes per year, Gaynor says. [More]

I have written before about the constraints on wind power: intermittent production requiring backup, grid issues, and flat out minuscule output compared to coal, NG, or nuclear.  But we still love the "free" illusion.

And the subsidies.

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