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Old 05-13-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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If you're talking about the Highwood Plant, it's toast. Isn't going to happen. And if you heard that reservations were exempt from EPA regulation, you heard wrong. EPA just force the cancellation of Desert Rock, which was to be built on Navajo land.

Read em and weep coal boys.
How does it feel being continually wrong?

Highwood March 2009 — Montana Environmental Information Center (http://www.meic.org/energy/power_plants/highwood - broken link)
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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How does it feel being continually wrong?

Highwood March 2009 — Montana Environmental Information Center (http://www.meic.org/energy/power_plants/highwood - broken link)
Read son read. No longer coal-fired.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Read son read. No longer coal-fired.
Read, boy, read. Still a carbon spewing plant.
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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Read, boy, read. Still a carbon spewing plant.
The discussion was the demise of coal plants. We will build a lot more natural gas fired plants in this country as they produce much less carbon than coal. You can probably count on one hand the number of traditional coal plants that will be built here over the next 20 years.
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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Do they ever combine power plants? Like having wind turbines over solar panels that sit over a geothermal plant.
If it were of benefit or function, it may make sense. Otherwise, not so.

From your example, an area that may be optimal for Wind (Great Plains, for example) would not often match with an area optimal for Solar Thermal (typically a Desert) neither of which may match an optimal Geo-Thermal area -- typically a hot spring / geyser area.

I have seen where various plants are used to work together for a region -- for example Wind, backed up by local Coal or Gas. Or pre-heating water with Solar Thermal before it hits a Coal or Gas Turbine plant.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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How much dry land is needed by a ocean tide power plant?
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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The ultra-low frequency vibrations from larger wind towers have caused health problems in some people. There is also the amount of damage caused if one falls.

It would make more sense to have a smaller unit for each house (for those who want it). There are kilowatt units with blades no larger than 3-5 feet and don't need to be very high. Far less expensive too.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Most houses use at about 10 Kw average and 30 Kw peak. That is hard to supply with a small wind turbine or even a whole bunch of small wind turbines.

The ultra low frequency vibrations seem to affect people with a need to benefit ($)from the turbine on their neighbors property.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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The ultra low frequency vibrations seem to affect people with a need to benefit ($)from the turbine on their neighbors property.
It's generally from the people whom the wind farm developers bypassed because their property wasn't attractive or they were too difficult to deal with. I heard of one case where the farmer was upset about the "vibration" from the turbines on his farm, because his Dad actually owned the land and wouldn't share the royalties, which are often $4-5 thousand/year for each turbine.
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