Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2008 12:00 a.m. MDT
I drove by earlier this summer and saw the turbines were from Suzlon Energy, an
India company whose customers have complained that their turbines have control
problems, fail to generate anywhere near the amount of electricity expected, and
suffer from excessive vibrations during high winds. I'm curious if the Spanish
Fork project has had similar experiences.
This article doesn't do a very good job of explaining the actual power
production. It says it will operate about 80% of the time, but at what
capacity? I'm sure it does not produce the full 19 MW 80% of the time.
This canyon is capable of having more turbines than this. Utah ought to get all
the turbines it can.
Wind power is a complete joke. Windmills are ugly and very inefficient. To put
them right next to the road where they defile our landscape is a disgrace. We
can do better than this. Let's drill for our own oil and natural gas and build
more nuclear power plants. Please, no more windmills in our beautiful state.
I think wind farms are stunning to see. BTW, I keep saying this... a windmill
is a mill powered by wind. A wind turbine generates electricity. I'm not
aware of any mills at the mouth of Spanish Fork. But windmills are cool looking
We need more of these. And soon. The best thing to do would be for the
government to take the lead in creating and developing an "interstate
superhighway" system of transmission grids that can transport wind power when it
is available to where it is needed. Google "Pickens Plan" for more details.
Does anyone remember the giant windmill that was being built a top of Sugerloaf
Mtn West of Holden,Utah?Maybe we should try again to capture windpower, it
was a good idea then ( 1930's)a better idea now!
I'm with Kevin. I find wind turbines far more attractive than smoke stacks or
cooling towers. Whenever and wherever we can we should build wind farms. It
would be foolish not to.
I live in Rexburg,Idaho,there is 21 windmills up above Idaho Falls,Idaho, from
what I hear the biggest expense is maintance which is very expensive and they
are down alot?
Well it's the biggest wind-farm if you exclude the Utah Legislature!
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