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  •  As a potential new wind power customer (none)
    I am glad to see that the cost differential has decreased.

    I have a summer-home on an island at the junction between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river. The island has been undergoing wind studies for three years, and has finally gotten provincial (ON) approval to go forward. No doubt, it will take several more years for the windfarms to get built; there is the tricky deal of laying underwater electrical cables to Kingston, ON, the nearest city.

    I confess that I am a NIMBY, but I am not near the areas on farms that have been deemed acceptable. I don't think that I would like to view turbines all the time, and I do worry that the island is a migratory flyway and that there may be more bird kills. Some articles say that the kill is less that with previous windmills, and that research is ongoing to deflect bird paths with the turbines. When I retire, I may want to look at this problem myself. I am a biologist, and wannabe naturalist.

    I am a US citizen who owns property in Canada. I have always been surprized at the cost differences for power in ON vs. NY. Up there, the wind is fairly constant, and would well serve the island residents, both year-round and seasonal. In the winter, it is mostly farming community, doing beef and seasonal crops like strawberies in the summer.
    The farms remind me of Indiana farms, where I grew up.

    Anyway, I am excited about the prospect of our island getting wind-generated power. The energy produced would also flow into Kingston and their grid, and has the potential of supplying much of the energy needed. Of course, we also have hydro energy there (and nuclear).

    •  Everyone Knows It's Windy (none)
      If one is to believe certain reports of the unrest in Dongzhou in China, where up to 20 villagers where killed while protesting a new power plant, the power plant in question is a wind farm. Other articles call it a coal-fired plant.  Some say it may be either:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/...
      •  The issue in China (none)
        is land rights and government expropriation methods, not wind power per se. Let's not, please, blame wind power (or coal power, for that matter) for these deaths.

        In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
        Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

        by Jerome a Paris on Sun Dec 11, 2005 at 07:12:26 AM PST

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        •  Windmills of your Mind (none)
          I don't see how you construe the post to reach your interpretation: I merely thought it topical in response to the NIMBY dilemma stated in the previous post. Just kinda like, you know, wind power in the news.

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