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1 posted on 12/03/2012 4:24:13 PM PST by neverdem
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The cost of replacing a gearbox on one of the Fuhrländer turbines is estimated at $600,000.

My, my. That is one expensive transmission.

2 posted on 12/03/2012 4:32:17 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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Not far away, the town of Portsmouth, R.I., went through a similar drama: After issuing some $3 million in bonds to build a wind turbine, Portsmouth saw the new unit quickly go dark because of mechanical problems. Reports the Westerly Sun: “The wind turbine, erected at Portsmouth High School in 2009, has been idle since June because of a faulty gear box. The town is evaluating whether to replace the gear box, with costs ranging from $611,000 to $703,000.” Local critics have taken to calling the turbine the “$2 million mistake,” although it is in fact a mistake worth at least $3 million plus interest on the bonds.

The first thing I noticed why I drove by that thing a year ago was that they put the damn thing right on top of the high school so it can disrupt class with the constant whumping. The second thing was that it was windy and it wasn't turning. There's a smaller turbine on Rt 95 well south of Providence. What I notice about that one is it turns even when there's no wind at all.

3 posted on 12/03/2012 4:40:23 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: neverdem

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4 posted on 12/03/2012 4:49:38 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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They are putting more windmills up on the foothills east of town. Yahoo. Might as well. They have already ruined the view. My power bill went way up when they switched from Utah Plunder and Loot (power and light) to Rocky Mountain Power. We were getting a nice kickback on the bill from the hydropower being locally produced along the Snake River. Not anymore. And I hear they just got themselves another 7% increase.

The wind ALWAYS blows. Except for the days it doesn’t. The river, on the other hand...

So build those windmills. Carpet the planet with those windmills. And everything will be just fine. Just fine.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 4:49:50 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: neverdem

the German firm Fuhrländer,

Laughing their butts off.

Their warranty isn’t worth the paper it’s written on , selling 3 million dollars windmills with faulty gear boxes to idiot Greenie States anxious to give Obama a Lewinski.


7 posted on 12/03/2012 5:21:09 PM PST by Venturer
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To: neverdem

Love this article. Succinct. It would be so great if this stuff would work, but wishing don’t make it so.


8 posted on 12/03/2012 5:32:54 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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Wind, it's the clean energy!

10 posted on 12/03/2012 5:50:33 PM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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I live near there, and have hiked at the Audubon sanctuary nearby many times. At the top of the mountain, you have a clear view of the line of windmills in Princeton.

For years, every time I go up, I see them, and they are never turning. Now, they may be turning when I don’t see them, but...all I know is what I see.

I don’t have anything against wind power, solar or any other kind of power.

What I DO have something against is the government deliberately driving up my conventional energy costs to make those things artificially competitive, because they simply aren’t. If they are, fine. Let the market determine how viable they are.

But boy, does it ever burn my ass to see them doing this openly, and lining the pockets of their liberal donors to boot.


12 posted on 12/03/2012 6:27:33 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: neverdem

———that both turbines continue operating.————

-———the typical wind turbine is out of commission more than 20 percent of the time -———

Both? One out means that 50% of the investment is lost.

I Have traveled exetnsively in western states in recent years. I first became aware of the problem in Colorado, no rth of Denver into Wyoming. I saw turbines not turning. Further north, in the Snake River country I began to count and calculate. Always, at least 10% of the array was down, not turning.

More recently in the vast arrays of west Texas, I saw the same. The average of my windshield assessment was about 15% but did go as high as 30%. In May of this year I hit the wind turbine bonanza, California. There are new ones and seemingly very old ones. None of them are free from down time. The old ones on oil Derrick-like, not so tall steel towers were worse however.

I am pleased to see this piece and written confirmation of my own observations.


15 posted on 12/04/2012 4:51:03 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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