Newly installed wind turbines idled by Minnesota's winter

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Last year, about a dozen Minnesota communities dreamed of clean, green energy: spinning windmills powering hundreds of homes.
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JKS

Prior Lake, MN

#1 Jan 21, 2010
They probably went with the lowest bidder, and that's what you get. RISK. Someone didn't do their homework.
yeah sure

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jan 21, 2010
It's a good thing we still have coal and nuclear produced electricity or these cities would be dark. Typical liberal idea, no thought process put into it.

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speedy

United States

#3 Jan 21, 2010
Yup, that stationary windmill outside my hometown of Arlington sure is pretty. Wonder if it spins?
Maybe the dipsticks that wanted it should climb up, grab a propeller and give it whirl!
Joe Taxpayer

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jan 22, 2010
Government at it's best...once again...& PBO wants more...duh!!!
Perpetual Moshun

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 22, 2010
Just hook up a big motor to turn them. That will make the wind blow, and that will turn the blade...Think of it as a solar powered flashlight.
Perpetual Moshun

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jan 22, 2010
speedy wrote:
Yup, that stationary windmill outside my hometown of Arlington sure is pretty. Wonder if it spins?
Maybe the dipsticks that wanted it should climb up, grab a propeller and give it whirl!
It will look really cool with vines growing up the blades, and birds nesting within.
Tybalt

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jan 22, 2010
Well we tried to warn you. Wind power too inefficient to be cost effective even in ideal conditions. But this is what you can expect. It should be instructive to all local governments in Minnesota. no matter what the enviros promise, you better not risk your budgets on "renewable energy" pipe dreams.
Kevin

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jan 22, 2010
So now they have to use fossil fuels to warm the windmills. Another Gore monument. And by the way, hows that west coast drought working out for ya Al?
clinging to the wreckage

Baltimore, MD

#9 Jan 22, 2010
It's probably George Bush's fault.
vortmax

Burnsville, MN

#10 Jan 22, 2010
Wind turbines...the blight...the blight....the worthless, inefficient blight. They ALL need backup energy sources to keep the juice flowing. You cannot store the energy. BLIGHT!
billy boy

South Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jan 22, 2010
Once again these quick thinking bunny huggers blew it. Did anyone in authority ask the question about its performance in cold weather? Pointing fingers at each other will not solve the problems. I guess these are going to end up costing even more money with all of the upgrades that need to be added in order for them to work in cold weather. Just a waste of money. Thanks Al Gore.
felix

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jan 22, 2010
i drive by the No. St. Paul joke every day, and haven't seen it turn yet--summer or winter , freaking waste of tax-payer money. more liberal fools in charge.

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Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#13 Jan 22, 2010
Refurbished at half a million per windmill, and they don't turn.
Anyone think of Mobil 1? Synthetic oil doesn't gum up at extremely cold temperatures.
Good homework MMPA, now if you can start up a web site so the people who bought these monstrosities can monitor their usefulness, then we could really have some discontent.
Mandated by the state
It’s like telling third graders to fully comprehend quantitative analysis.
Bike Bubba

United States

#14 Jan 22, 2010
I wonder how those blades are doing in terms of stress since we've had all that freezing rain. If weight is a huge issue, as one would figure by their aluminum/carbon fiber construction, freezing rain could be "double plus ungood" for these things.

And it surprises me that windmills designed and built largely in Germany and Denmark would have any issues with lubricants. It's not like a cold breeze off the North Sea is an unknown phenomenon, after all. Somebody REALLY had to work to get things going this badly!
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jan 22, 2010
I think the students are being exposed to a GREAT LESSON. Look what happens when government gets involved in what is a private business matter. Second,
unclefogey

AOL

#16 Jan 22, 2010
$417,000????? North St. Paul Prime Minister Wally and his court have been saying for the past nine months that they only cost a paltry $300,000. Looks like the same price creep of the Garage Mahal which went from $3 mil. to $7.2 mil. in 6 Mos.
The next story must be the fact that the NSP whirly-gig is basically located in a valley and will never produce a significant amount of electricity.
SOMEDUDE

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jan 22, 2010
JRB

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 22, 2010
Well this should put the final nail in the coffin for the people who are/were so eager to put one of these money suckers up in Medina (and probably elsewhere; that is if the 'build me a legacy' politicians can read).
Enough of stupid

United States

#19 Jan 22, 2010
Our great government in all it's wisdom, still continues to fund stupid. Wind generators and solar panels still need back up power when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine. We all when thru this "Stupid" Green movement in the 70's, we have allowed this group of like minded people take over our life. It has failed, so let's really make a "Change" back to productivity so we can do the "community projects" which provide true help to the truly needy. We have been sharing the wealth for years and allowing the federal government to disperse the wealth...they failed and are in "Stupid" mode...you see the fact when they try to spend our way out of debt...would it work in your household? Would you take out a loan to pay a loan? How long would it take you to go bankrupt? Would you buy a product to produce energy only to need conventional energy to take care of your every day needs? Why is the government using our tax dollars to substidize Wind and Solar power? Why are they not using the money to produce convention energy which is the base of our need to survive? Do they not want us to survive? Makes me wonder when this adminstration wants the tax payer to pay for abortions to kill the American Citizens...Why? The Obama plan for change is What? I for one have had enough of stupid....
Observer

Dallas, TX

#20 Jan 22, 2010
It is discouraging to read all the politically-motivated rants on this forum. The problem is NOT the 'enviros','liberals' or 'renewables'. It is that the organization selected the wrong turbines for this climate. Wind power DOES work, see the section about Excel's turbines functioning down to -20 degrees.

Thanks to JKS for posting the only relevant post on this board.

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