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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Wind blows windmill down

Windmills have been around more than 400 years.

They still do not provide reliable energy, even after changing the name to the racecar-sounding turbine. Irony? A good wind can knock them down.

From MLive:
OLIVER TOWNSHIP, MI — A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm that brought wind and heavy snow to much of the state, but the cause of the collapse is unclear. 
The Exelon Corp. turbine is located near Gagetown and Richardson roads in Oliver Township, according to Huron County Central Dispatch. 
Oliver Township Planning Commission Chairman Brion Dickens lives about a third of a mile from the damaged turbine. 
"I'm not going to speculate. It was just a mechanical failure," he said Thursday, Feb. 25. "We don't know if it was weather related."
Dickens said the turbine is thought to have fallen over about 5 a.m. Thursday. The nearest home is about 2,200 feet away, he said.  
"The zoning ordinance we have in place prevented anything from happening to anybody or anything," Dickens said. 
"We're waiting for the turbine owner to get back with us to inform us of their plans," he added.
The only thing turbines generate reliably are subsidies.


  1. I certainly agree with you on Wind Turbines. However Wind Mills were for moving water and grinding grain. Much more viable and valuable to a community.

    1. True. My point was they were since replaced by a reliable source. I should have been more explicit

  2. They don't work when the wind is too slow and they don't work when the wind is too fast; they only work when the wind is juuuuust right. Because Goldilocks.

  3. Wind- and solar- generated electricity will never be primary sources of power. They may have had some potential for productive use in the past but Tesla died. - Elric

  4. That's in the Thumb peninsula in MI which sticks out into Lake Huron and one of the windiest places I've ever been, except north of Mackinaw in between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

    Wind power is a mature technology. The amortized cost will never get any lower than 20 to 30 cents per kwh. I pay a third of that at home and a fourth of that on two industrial accounts.

    Who with a brain WANTS to pay 3 or 4 times more for power?

    1. Only those who want to deliberately bring down our economy.

  5. @Don Q: "Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, 'Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless.'" So you're the one! You did it!

  6. Fatigue in the supporting structure from constant vibration like in airplanes. We will need to use titanium frames to counter this. Good thing we have an endless supply of free money from the Fed to pay for all of this.