Wind Farms Busted Using Diesel Power To Keep Warm
Scottish Power has been accused of “environmental madness” after it was revealed more than 70 of its wind turbines had been hooked up to diesel generators.
The Sunday Mail revealed via a whistleblower that diesel generators were used on 71 turbines in order to prevent them freezing during cold weather in December.
Scottish Power told the publication that this took place after a fault developed on the grid.
Sixty wind turbines at Arecleoch windfarm and 11 at Glen App, both in South Ayrshire, were affected. (Energy Voice).
Wind turbines don't handle cold very well.
The liquids in them as well as some of their moving parts can suffer serious damage when the temperatures drop too low.
If on a cold day you see a wind farm, think about the eaters inside them, drawing energy from the grid to keep them warm inside.
So they are not providing energy during a critical cold snap, they are drawing it to keep warm.
Dozens of turbines in Scotland are being powered by diesel generators in cold weather.
This happens in America too. Though not all are diesel-generated warmth.
Scottish Power admitted 71 of its windmills were hooked up to the fossil fuel supply after a fault developed on the grid.
The firm said it was forced to act in order to keep the turbines warm during very cold weather in December.
Are they doing the same in places like Wyoming, where we have cold snaps that are below freezing, and even into the negative numbers?
How are these wind farms a reliable source of energy if they can't turn during our coldest days and nights?
Wind Farms Have A Bird Kill Problem.
The first fine handed down for a bird killed by a wind turbine was to a wind farm near Casper, Wyoming.
Rather than going after the problem of turbines killing birds, the Obama administration offered a permit program to allow wind farms to kill a certain number of birds a year.
That doesn't sound too environmentally friendly.
Collisions with rotating wind turbine blades kill a variety of birds in Wyoming — from passerines to raptors. Exactly how many birds — and whether mortality rates might pose a threat to local and migrating bird populations — remains unknown, according to state and federal wildlife officials. (Wyofile).
Those claiming to be environmentalists will attack the oil and gas industry for drilling in and near-prime wildlife habitats — such as the greater sage grouse. Yet nothing is said of the impact of wind farms as more turbines are planted in those same areas.
That’s the message of a former federal wildlife biologist who is sounding the alarm in an effort to encourage less harmful development as Wyoming’s wind energy is anticipated to boom. (Wyofile).
'Most of the [Wyoming wind energy] development is just going off like a rocket right now, and we already have eagles that are getting killed by wind turbines — a hell of a lot more than people really understand,' Lockhart, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, said.
Where these turbine farms are being built is the “heart and soul” of golden eagle habitat in North America, he claims.
Think there are a lot of wind farms now? Some hope to double the number of turbines in the region by 2030. Let's think for a moment about how that will affect the bird population.
'The Fish and Wildlife Service has provided an allowable take for those [individual] projects of 10 to 14 eagles per year,” Lockhart said. “You multiply that out by the 30-year project life — that’s a hell of a lot of eagles, and they can’t sustain that kind of impact.' (Wyofile).
So why is it that the oil and gas industries are fined and dragged through court for impacts on the environment, yet wind farms are given a pass?
Why are wind farms sold to us as if they do not have any negative impact?
Why do groups like Wild Earth Guardians hail wind farms as a solution yet at the same time ignore the damage wind farms do to the very wildlife they claim to protect?
The story from Wyofile goes into great detail and is worth reading.
An estimated 538,000 birds are killed by land-based wind turbines each year in the U.S., according to an article by the American Bird Conservancy analyzing data from the U.S. Wind Turbine Database. A FWS estimate suggests an average 234,012 bird kills annually, as of 2017. The FWS was unable to respond to WyoFile’s inquiries in time for this story.