Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for October 24, 2010

Items of interest:

1-“After applying a six-stage, scientific analysis of wind production, paralleled with other sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear, he now sees the wind option as impractical and lacking in proof of consistent power output.

Droz says wind farms are a lot of hot air – Buffalo News

2-Here are two dots I wouldn’t have connected:  “The Royal Family have secured a lucrative deal that will earn them tens of millions of pounds from the massive expansion of offshore windfarms.  They will net up to £37.5 million extra income every year from the drive for green energy because the seabed within Britain’s ter­ritorial waters is owned by the Crown Estate.

Queen’s £38m a year offshore windfarm windfall – because she owns the seabed – Mail Online

3-Dr. Dora Mills, leader of Maine’s CDC said:  “in extensive reading I have not found evidence of a disease or specific health problem that is a direct result from the wind turbines appropriately placed.”  Dr. Mills might want to call Dr. Nina Pierpont.  Or, she can take a look at the AT link.

Letter to the Editor: Wind turbine noise a problem – Daily Bulldog

4-“It will be read as a vote of confidence or a vote of no confidence for the industry,” Hennessy said of the pending stock sale.  (I’ll read it as reflecting the confidence investors have that elected officials will continue to support this ridiculous technology with continued mandates and tax subsidies.)

Seeking growth, First Wind readies to go public – The Kennebec Journal

5-From a couple of weeks ago:

Farewell: My Final Column for Energy Tribune – Robert Bryce

6-Is it really all about China, or a technology which simply sustain itself?  “Clean energy was the industry of the future. Manistee County Commissioners expected MasTech to create 120 jobs by 2011 when they approved a $400,000 grant for the company in 2008.  Two years later, MasTech employs 15 people, down from 35 a year ago.

U.S.-China trade tensions won’t blow away – Detroit Free Press

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