all the hoopla going around for and against wind farms going up all
over the US, including here on the Great Lakes and off of Nantucket
Sound, many experts feel it is important to weigh in with a little fact checking
on "not-in-my-backyard" (NIMBY) claims.
First letís start with the argument that "wind turbines
do not produce enough electricity to be a viable investment." If this
was true, then even with government subsidies, wind farm developers
would go bankrupt soon. Instead wind farms are a 30 year success story
in the US alone. My favorite success story is of farmers in Minnesota
and their community owned wind crop.
"Wind turbines kill a lot of
birds." This is also not true. With new asynchronous turbine generator
technology, wind turbines spin at about 12 rotations per minute. Birds
have better eyesight than humans and we can see them just fine. A
friend of mine who works on a wind farm in Oregon says he sees more
birds fly into the window at the visitors center than he does into wind
turbine blades. Other technologies are also being implemented to ensure
the safety of birds such as radar devices that detect incoming bird
flocks that shut down the turbines if they are on a collision course.