Sierra Club volunteer to give presentation of wind energy benefits to New Hanover Co. Commissioners

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Submitted: Fri, 07/29/2011 - 4:05am
Updated: Thu, 08/02/2012 - 5:09pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Our state may soon be home to off shore wind farms. That’s according to Mac Montgomery, who volunteers with the North Carolina Sierra Club for offshore wind.

He plans to give a formal presentation to New Hanover County Commissioners and Wilmington City Council next week about the positive impacts wind energy could have in our area. He says it’s not a matter of if wind farms begin to pop up offshore our coast, but when.

“Its our belief that things are happening in Raleigh and in Washington and the results of what’s happening in energy development, renewable energy and energy as we know it are going to impact our communities,” said Montgomery

Montgomery says North Carolina has the greatest potential for wind energy out of anywhere on the east coast.

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4 Comments on "Sierra Club volunteer to give presentation of wind energy benefits to New Hanover Co. Commissioners"

2015 years 8 months ago

How can it be good for the marine environment, already under threat from man’s activities, to allow large scale industrial development at sea ?. Its not just the actual construction of the wind turbines it is also the constant servicing required to keep them operating .
Keep wind farms on land I say. At least there we can monitor their effects. Protect vulnerable marine wildlife !

2015 years 8 months ago

Wind turbines do fine as long as they are not installed in a hostile environment. Unfortunately, “hostile” includes the marine environment. The cost of maintaining an offshore wind farm is triple that of a similar inland installation. In fact, the only worse place to put a wind farm is a desert.

They do kill millions of birds every year, and I’m not too sure that locating a large offshore farm in the middle of the Atlantic flyway is too good an idea. Hunters and bird lovers have some pretty powerful lobbies.

So the people who will be paying for these offshore installations (a.k.a., the customers of PGN, soon to be DUK) have to ask themselves if they want to pay higher electric bills, only to see the farm possibly shut down by an environmental lawsuit within a few years.

BTW, I own stock in both Vestas and Gamesa, so don’t think I’m anti-wind turbine.

I’m anti-putting them in stupid locations that explode your maintenance budget.

Wind turbines rock!
2015 years 8 months ago

She clearly hasn’t ever visited a wind farm, nor done any real research on the topics. Hopefully the commissioners will ask about the dangers of coal, nuclear and natural gas. Also, be sure to ask about the “sea breeze effect”, “artificial reefs”, and “offshore wind farm tourism”.

Carol is herself a monument to stupidity.

Carol Kramer
2015 years 8 months ago

Here’s hoping that our County Commissioners and City Council take the time to search “Wind Farm Failure” before this presentation. Please ask about what happens when there is too little wind. Please ask about what happens when there is too much wind. Ask about maintenance. Ask about bird deaths. Ask about hurricanes. Ask about examples of where this has worked in terms of low-cost energy generation. Smoke stacks (Titan) with a wind turbines blighting the landscape/seascape. Monuments to stupidity…no matter the bad intentions and good intentions. Wind turbines don’t work well either mechanically or electrically or economically.