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View Diary: Response to Buffet's Investment in Wind Power (82 comments)

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  •  Actually distributed energy reduces grid load, (0+ / 0-)

    and delays the time when we have to increase the grids capacity.  

    We have many times the rooftop and parking lot area we need to get all our power from solar.

    I like the idea of using existing power towers and poles for wind, but I analyzed it, and found that the towers and poles are already built just strong enough to handle the wind loads they have without turbine on them.  
    Small wind has usually been worse for birds, but there are some new designs that might work, and road and wires already kill more birds.  Maybe with the right sound and lights we decrease birds kills.

    If the turbines are small enough they may slip in under the design wind load, and there are so many poles,

    Who knows.

    But offshore wind is within 100 miles of 80% of our electrical use, and does not generally  have the bird bat, noise and visual problems.

    Back up solar and wind with waste to fuels, recycled everything, no more dumping, then we won't run out of materials either.  

    Germany is already do it.  

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