Not a fan

I’ve been a backer of wind power for several years, even putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak, but I’ll be the first to tell you that it won’t come close to solving all our energy needs.

Well, actually, I’ll be the second. Here’s the first:

On I-65, north of Lafayette, Indiana they have built a massive new wind farm. It covers miles of farmland. They are monster windmills. I bet there are at least one hundred of them.

Not one single blade was turning. As far as the eye could see: not a single watt of power being generated.

I suspect what he saw was a section of Fowler Ridge which is not yet operational. Then again, you have to wonder if this sort of thing is ideal for Indiana, which is not particularly windy: on a 1-6 scale, with 6 marking the highest potential for energy generation, no area of Indiana rates higher than 3. (Oklahoma has lots of 4s, even a fair amount of 5s.) And even in those areas, you need at least 7-10 mph of wind to produce any meaningful amount of juice.

Still:

I gave a massive thanks to God for putting large coal deposits in southern Indiana.

Which, perhaps by coincidence, is where the wind isn’t. Or maybe not: Oklahoma coal is in the eastern half of the state, but all the wind potential is out west.





2 comments

  1. Lisa Paul »

    18 September 2009 · 1:25 pm

    Even better is off-shore, which is where Holland places them (and 25% of that country’s energy comes from them). Then you don’t waste farm space. With our constant 25-40 MPH winds off California, we could really crank some kilowatts.

  2. hoosierboy »

    19 September 2009 · 8:03 am

    You are correct — the farm is not yet opperational, as I learned from my comments and your post. Still, I expect there will be many days when the turbines barely spin.

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