Making wind power safe for birds

These turbines are among 414 at the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, an 801.25-megawatt facility in Indiana near the towns of Brookston and Chalmers. For the story on how scientists are making wind power safer for birds, purchase a copy of the Sept. 23, 2020, Tideland News. (Ed Midgett photo)

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Conventional wind energy technology is treacherous for birds. ... Fast-spinning blades of wind turbines are particularly dangerous to birds during spring and fall, when migrants take to the skies in billions.

What about airplanes or vise versa :are birds treacherous to airplanes?

David Collins

Owned and operated by EDP Group . EDP is a company from Portugal and uses mainly Vestas equipment in their projects . Lots of claims about this and that but no firm numbers other that they claim to have saved over a billion gallons of water . From what fate or where it now is is lacking but you know how the PR Guys are . No mention of the KWH utility rate as well but who cares . After all, it is free and clean . Isn’t it ? Pretty sure plenty of US dollars went into this project and no I have not seen the mullet wrapper version . No money left after paying for this project . Where did all those birds go ?


Working-families should not bear the burden of California’s lofty green energy goals of solar and wind, said Democratic Assemblyman Jim Cooper.

The push toward renewable energy, he said, is hurting the state's residents.

"These policies benefit mostly the wealthy and well-off and leave communities of color to foot the bill. It is wrong and it needs to change."

David Collins

Sadly it is a bit more than a push toward renewables . Turned into a bit of a misguided rush . Take away the subsidies and it would have not occurred in the first place . Then they say the same thing about fossil fueled energy . They would be correct to the point that politicians have been cutting sweetheart deals with that sector forever . Something about political donations seems to hasten that along . Eliminating ALL business and corporate donations might well bring some sanity into the mix . Also might eliminate some of the bad actor politicians just in it for personal enrichment as well . The hallowed halls of Congress might well have that ghost town look about it if enacted . Of course no one would ever cut off the hands that feed . Would they ?

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