Wind energy has its place

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

By Letter to the Editor on October 8, 2013.

Response to Clive Schaupmeyer’s letter to the editor (Sept. 19 Herald) about wind power.

I don’t agree with Mr. Schaupmeyer’s statements about wind energy. Recently, my family and I have lived in Canada for a year. We have a windmill in Holland (how typical) since the year 2000. The revenues in Holland are comparable to the revenues in Canada. Our windmill is very profitable, even without any subsidies. We have never found a dead animal of any kind in the surroundings of our windmill.

It is true that windmills contribute relatively little to the total demand of energy. Our windmill has a capacity of 0.75 mW and supplies 400 families of power! On the other hand, the demand for energy is tremendous and is rising every year.

Windmills in Holland generate decentralized energy and deliver electricity to the existing power lines. This means that transport of electricity follows a shorter route to the consumer than energy produced by power plants. The energy that’s needed to manufacture a windmill will be compensated within three months of operation! In other words: a wind turbine generates in about three months the same amount of energy that was necessary to make and build a windmill.

The production of electricity by wind energy is irregular and power plants are still needed. But it is possible to control wind energy in case of excessive wind supply. A vast (national) network of wind turbines creates a more equal wind energy production. Surplus wind energy can be stored in reservoirs by pumping water to a higher level. In case of shortage of wind, power plant production must be increased. Conventional generation of electrical energy should be secondary to green energy. That’s a political decision. One has to realize that a diversity of green energy production is inevitable and likely in a transitional phase. We don’t have a choice.

Hotze Wiersma


The Netherlands

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