Sage grouse and power lines — not a good mix, Utah study notes

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  • drich Green River, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2019 1:56 p.m.

    Wind millions are a bad mix for migrating birds, ask our bald eagles.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 1:39 p.m.

    Every form of energy has environmental impacts.

    There are not large cities on the windy plains of Wyoming where wind farms make some sense. Likewise in large swaths of the southwest desert where solar generation makes sense. So in addition to the direct environment impacts of wind mills (bird and bat deaths) and covering large areas of the desert with solar panels, there is also the need to run high voltage transmission lines for long distances to where the power is needed.

    In contrast, nuclear, natural gas, and clean coal generation plants can be built much closer to where the demand is.

    To get an accurate picture of the true environment impacts of various energy sources, a full cost / benefit analysis needs to be done.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 12:32 p.m.

    If transmission lines are a problem for the grouse... what about windmills?

    If they tend to run into stationary wires, I bet arrays of large spinning blades would be a real problem for birds like grouse.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    I like electricity.