New York state gets five offshore win...

New York state gets five offshore wind power bids

There are 2 comments on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story from Jun 5, 2010, titled New York state gets five offshore wind power bids. In it, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that:

Five formal proposals to build wind turbines in the New York waters of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie have been submitted, and the New York Power Authority will spend the rest of this year going through them - behind closed doors.

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Nukemann

Rochester, NY

#1 Jun 6, 2010
The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant actually produces almost 600Mw electric; the windmills may have a 500Mw "capacity", but actual power will probably be closer to 1/3 of Ginna. The R. E. Ginna NPP runs at over 90% capacity factor, while the windmills will be lucky to achieve a 30% capacity factor. A windmill near Utica failed, flinging debris over 300ft, will there be an exclusion area around these windmills? Will migratory birds such as Cranes and Geese be killed? I hope safety, maintenance, decommissioning and environmental requirements are considered as well as economic concerns. I actually like wind power, but these concerns should be considered prior to construction.
Nukemann

Rochester, NY

#4 Jun 6, 2010
Nukemann wrote:
The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant actually produces almost 600Mw electric; the windmills may have a 500Mw "capacity", but actual power will probably be closer to 1/3 of Ginna. The R. E. Ginna NPP runs at over 90% capacity factor, while the windmills will be lucky to achieve a 30% capacity factor. A windmill near Utica failed, flinging debris over 300ft, will there be an exclusion area around these windmills? Will migratory birds such as Cranes and Geese be killed? I hope safety, maintenance, decommissioning and environmental requirements are considered as well as economic concerns. I actually like wind power, but these concerns should be considered prior to construction.
Here is a link to a peer reviewed paper about windmill capacity for baseload power. http://nucleargreen.blogspot.com/2010/01/revi...

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