Windy Kansas county LOSING $ with turbines

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This is remarkable…not that the turbines are worthless, but that this information is PUBLIC. BigWind usually prevents such data, regarding their industrial sites, from becoming easily found. Thank you, Kansas commissioners, for sharing your story. What we also find remarkable, is that according to the NOAA wind map, Kansas has MORE wind than Ohio. Why, then, does BigWind want to spread across our Buckeye state? The reality is that BigWind has nothing to do with wind, but everything to do with the mighty $$$….

If you live in Riley County, the wind turbines, that are meant to bring you savings are actually costing you more tax dollars than county officials would like….

The grants that were paying for the turbines and their up keep have expired and now any work that needs to be done to the turbines, will strictly come out of Riley County residents wallets…

The turbines have been in Manhattan since 2011 and have a life span of about 20 years.

The biggest of the turbines is the only one that’s actually providing any savings, but in reality is really only breaking even when you take into account the repair and up keep costs….

“The big wind turbine that we have is very sensitive to lightning strikes, so every time we get a thunder storm, it tends to stop running,” Public Works Director Leon Hobson said…

Estimated cost of removal for just one of the turbines is about $20,000 just to take the head off the tower. It does all depend on the size of the turbine to determine a cost. Commissioners are trying to decide if the costly removal will be worth the tax payers savings in the long run. ..

 

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BigWind closing 2 wind sites in Texas- due to ice? really?

Does anyone really believe that the ice storms are the real reason for closing these wind sites? According to some studies, the real life expectancy of these sites are only 10-15 years and this one reaches that magic number. Gearbox warranties typicallly expire after 5 years and the maintenance costs only climb after that. The next question is this? Will the developer decommission this site and restore the tens of thousands of acres? History tells us, not a chance….

NextEra Energy Resources is planning to shut two of its wind farms in Texas after both were significantly damaged by ice storms in November.

The company, which describes itself as the largest renewable generator in North America, on Friday notified the Electric Reliability Council of Texas that it planned to shut the two farms in west Texas in August….

“These are the first wind facilities to seek retirement in the ERCOT region,” Robbie Searcy, a spokeswoman for the grid operator, said Monday….

via NextEra Energy to shut two Texas wind farms in a first for ERCOT – Electric Power | Platts News Article & Story.