Lake Michigan Wind Turbine War

Feb 18, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WXYZ

Love for the Great Lakes is clashing with new wind energy. A multi-billion dollar proposal to put wind turbines in Lake Michigan is under fire.

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Jeffrey Cripps

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Feb 18, 2010
 
You people have to be kidding, wind will only run for 35% to 40% of the time, and we will be forced to buy high cost energy on the open market. Look at Texas the #1 wind state in the country, and see what they are paying since they leveraged their state for wind farms. Is there a solution? Yes I believe there is. In every city in the country we have sewers that carry large amounts of waste to treatment plants. There are no fish, or birds to be concerned with in this environment. It is closer to the end user and this will make the energy product cheaper and more stable, while all the time financing the reconstruction of our roads, sewers, and water systems. Now you are asking well how much power can we generate, there is a sewer on the east side of the city that is moving approximately 160,000 gallons per minute 24 hours a day. If we put hydro turbines (that will run 90%of the time like coal or nuclear) on it we will make enough energy for 4.5 million homes. This is more energy than is required for all of metro Detroit without using any fossil fuel products, generating 6.5 billion dollars annually. This one sewer main yields 4.5 times more energy then estimated by Michigan State University’s wind potential study for all of the State of Michigan. Using the numbers from the D.O.E that show O&M cost of .0085 per kwh generated using hydro-kinetic extraction techniques. In this area we are paying 10.4 cents per Kwh (retail). This power could be sold at DTE’s production cost of roughly 4.5 cents per kwh (using a nuclear production process) lowering all of our energy costs significantly, and making tens of thousands of needed jobs in this area. Check out Criptonicenergy.com for more information.
SS in Frankfort

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Jeffrey Cripps wrote:
You people have to be kidding, wind will only run for 35% to 40% of the time, and we will be forced to buy high cost energy on the open market. Look at Texas the #1 wind state in the country, and see what they are paying since they leveraged their state for wind farms. Is there a solution? Yes I believe there is. In every city in the country we have sewers that carry large amounts of waste to treatment plants. There are no fish, or birds to be concerned with in this environment. It is closer to the end user and this will make the energy product cheaper and more stable, while all the time financing the reconstruction of our roads, sewers, and water systems. Now you are asking well how much power can we generate, there is a sewer on the east side of the city that is moving approximately 160,000 gallons per minute 24 hours a day. If we put hydro turbines (that will run 90%of the time like coal or nuclear) on it we will make enough energy for 4.5 million homes. This is more energy than is required for all of metro Detroit without using any fossil fuel products, generating 6.5 billion dollars annually. This one sewer main yields 4.5 times more energy then estimated by Michigan State University’s wind potential study for all of the State of Michigan. Using the numbers from the D.O.E that show O&M cost of .0085 per kwh generated using hydro-kinetic extraction techniques. In this area we are paying 10.4 cents per Kwh (retail). This power could be sold at DTE’s production cost of roughly 4.5 cents per kwh (using a nuclear production process) lowering all of our energy costs significantly, and making tens of thousands of needed jobs in this area. Check out Criptonicenergy.com for more information.
Thank you Jeffery! It's about time someone is thinking outside of the wind turbine tunnel. It seems everyone is on the bandwagon even though wind turbines are inefficient, unsightly, costly and unlikely to solve our energy problems. Let's not trade air pollution for visual pollution - that is clutter in monstrous proportions of our beautiful rural landscape and shoreline. Just to let you know - I am not unsympathtic to the needs of farmers and can imagine them using wind to power their farms - the turbines would be smaller, much fewer and more reasonably placed. I am against sacrificing our landscape to make profits for the utilities and provide power for the wasteful.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Sounds like a great idea. If it works, I say go fo it!!!!

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