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Wind Power: Why it Doesn’t Make Sense Everywhere

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 09, 2013 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Feb 06, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights I'm a huge fan of wind power, but we should recognize that some applications of wind don't make sense Aerovironment wind turbines on the Boston Museum of Science. Performance has been poor and Aerovironment has discontinued the product. Click to enlarge.  Photo Credit: David Rabkin, Boston Museum of Science At least in our neck of the woods, wind power is very much in the news these days. The Vermont legislature is debating whether to institute a three-year moratorium on what detractors refer to as “industrial wind power,” and debate is raging in the nearby towns of Windham and Grafton, Vermont about a potential wind farm. I figured I should weigh in. As readers of this blog know, I am a strong proponent of renewable energy, including wind power. But I’m also not shy about pointing out situations in which wind power doesn’t make sense. This week I’m going to focus on those misguided or less attractive wind power applications. Next week I’ll cover where we should be heading with wind power and discuss projects like the one proposed for Windham and Grafton. Don’t put wind turbines on buildings Wind turbines almost never make sense on buildings—even tall buildings. When I started researching “building-integrated wind” a few years ago for my newsletter, Environmental Building News (EBN), I thought I was going to write an article that painted a positive picture of putting wind turbines on top of buildings. After all, tall buildings can get the turbines up high where it’s windier, and like rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, the power is generated right where it will be used. read more






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