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National Wind Watch

As Gov. Ned Lamont toured Waterford’s Millstone Power Station in April 2019, after resolving an impasse over the nuclear plant’s electricity rates, Rob Kaye was flipping the switch on a new solar array on the roof of his Nod Hill Brewery in Ridgefield. Cut to this week during the noon hour on a sunn...


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Bob Meinetz on Aug 3, 2020 3:26 pm GMT

CT's long road is a road with no end. There is no compelling argument in economics, in environmental protection, in land use, in reliability to replace Millstone with solar and wind. It makes no sense at all.

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Mark Silverstone on Aug 4, 2020 12:15 pm GMT

 Yet more wind farms are under consideration as well as the Canadian hydro power lines with the possibility of an extra 1,200 megawatts for the larger New England grid.

Nuclear´s end is, indeed, in sight.   It will take some years. But they will get there.   Cheaper, cleaner, more secure energy.

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 4, 2020 3:00 pm GMT

Mark, on what are you basing your claim that wind energy will ever be cheaper, cleaner, or more secure than nuclear energy? Provide numbers and sources, please.

I ask, because multi-national corporation General Electric (GE), which manufactures both wind and gas turbines, disagrees with your assessment. The New England Wind Integration Study GE prepared specifically for ISO New England reads like a compendium of bad news for wind energy. In it, the company says wind will forever be dependent on expensive, dirty "dispatchable resources" (gas). Gas, of course, is fossil fuel methane, and burning methane is a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions:

"The variability of wind resources and the uncertainty with which the amount of power produced can be accurately forecasted poses challenges for the reliable operation and planning of the power system....Many favorable sites for wind development are remote from load centers. Development of these distant sites would likely require significant transmission development, which may not appear to be economical in comparison to conventional generation resources (at current prices) and could add complexity to the operations and planning of the system...ISO-NE experiences its peak loads during the summer months, while, as observed in this study, wind generation produces more energy during the winter months than in the summer...the fleet of dispatchable resources [gas plants] is used to balance the time-synchronous variability and uncertainty of the load minus the output of the wind generation."

Even the people selling wind turbines won't stoop to the level of duplicity coming from anti-nuclear activists these days. GE, of course, potentially bears liability for its claims. Anti-nuclear activists? They bear no liability at all. Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution it's their right to lie about nuclear energy, as immoral and unethical as it may be.

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