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The future of small wind energy

The future of small wind energy

For the most part I have deliberately tried to ignore the Rube Goldberg approach to enacting a wind ordinance in Coos Bay but I note from today’s article that there is still a lot of ignorance about small wind. Yes, trees and buildings can block wind but can also establish wind tunnel effects and two European studies confirm, double the velocity of wind. A modest 8MPH wind can be almost 16MPH on a rooftop and a 1,000 24kW turbines scattered around commercial rooftops in a windy city is the equivalent of a 25MW wind farm and is more efficient because the power is produced at the point of consumption.

Eventually, small turbines, including ducted fan turbines like mine will be more commonplace because there are millions of acres of windy rooftop real estate that could be providing power. First we have to get past some of the typical misconceptions about noise, output and “flicker”.

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When my oldest son, a Marine, left for war and crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq in March 2003 I started writing my conscience. After two tours that young combat veteran’s mother is now an ardent peace activist and advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. MGx has matured since those early vents and ramblings and now covers relevant and important local and regional matters in addition to national and global affairs.


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2 Responses to "The future of small wind energy"

  1. MarkM  November 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    What’s your cost per kwh?

  2. susanP  November 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Pray that no elected officail in Coos Bay will ever be called upon to make a decision at a time of a catastrophic event. None will receive the forward thinker of the year award either.


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