Wind Farms

There was a discussion about wind farms at the regular meeting of the Pflugerville City Council this evening (November 8).

Wind farms are controversial.

I’d rather my wife made land mines than work in the wind farm industry” by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, June 9, 2010.

Gas against wind” by Matt Ridley, in The Rational Optimist website.

The aristocrats cashing in on Britain’s wind farm subsidies” by Robert Mendick and Edward Malnick, The Telegraph, August 21, 2011.

Why the £250bn wind power industry could be the greatest scam of our age—and here are the three ‘lies’ to prove it” by Christopher Booker, Mail Online, February 28, 2011.

The BBC steadfastly avoids the facts about the wind farm scam” by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, August 30, 2011.

Wind farms: The monstrosities to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape: These pointless monstrosities will continue to proliferate until the Government sees sense” by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, September 10, 2011.

Pay attention to protests against wind farms, peer tells government” by David Williamson, Wales Online, November 9, 2011.

Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear” by Andrew Orlowski, The Register, February 10, 2011.

Agenda Item 10F (where wind farms were mentioned) for the regular meeting of the Pflugerville City Council on November 8, 2011, was

“1.) Executive Session Item: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations pursuant to Chapter 551.087 of the Texas Government Code regarding a Pflugerville Community Development Corporation performance agreement for Project Apollo and a City of Pflugerville Chapter 380 agreement for Project Apollo. 2.) Open Session Item: Discuss and consider action regarding a Pflugerville Community Development Corporation performance agreement for Project Apollo and a City of Pflugerville Chapter 380 agreement for Project Apollo.”

An executive session for Item 10F was not held.

A video of the Item 10F segment of the Council meeting can be accessed by clicking “10F” on this City of Pflugerville web page.

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Added November 9, 2011

An article has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman about the Agenda Item 10F segment of the Council meeting.

“Data company gets incentives” by Marques G. Harper, Austin American-Statesman, November 9, 2011, page B2.

The company that would receive incentives is WindData, a subsidiary of Baryonyx Corporation.

Possible incentives include

A 70% tax abatement for period of time

$150,000.00 each year for ten years

$3,000.00 per job for a specified number of specified jobs above a specified number

Also see “A Data Center for Pflugerville” for references to other articles.

Additional Information:

Baryonyx Corporation website

History of Baryonyx Corporation (A Baryonyx web page)

An Ormonde offshore wind farm begun by Eclipse Energy (a company mentioned in the Baryonyx history) has been reported to be nearing completion under Vattenfall, a Swedish Company that took over the project after acquiring Eclipse.

WindData website

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Added November 10, 2011

Fighting Global Warming in Vermont while destroying its beauty:

Green Mountain State blasting its mountain tops to make way for 350-foot industrial wind turbines” by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, November 10, 2011.

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Added November 12, 2011

The Role of Subsidies, i.e., Taxpayer Money:

Renewable energy plants load up on subsidies” by Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss, Austin American-Statesman, November 11, 2011.

The boondoggle of boondoggles” by Nick Sibilla, Oregon Catalyst, August 8, 2011.

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Added November 13, 2011

More about the Role of Subsidies:

“Energy subsidies and big wind: Sen. Alexander sets the record straight  (renewables 50x that of fossil fuels)” in Master Resource, May 23, 2011.

Added November 25, 2011

Exec tries to quell doubts over wind turbines off SPI” by Steve Clark, The Monitor, August 1, 2011.

Feds order full environmental study for wind farm proposal” by Steve Clark, The Brownsville Herald, November 25, 2011.



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  1. Comments are welcome. Links are limited to three per comment. Information provided by WordPress suggests that a limit on links discourages spam.

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    Wind Farms:

    In “Gas against Wind” in The Rational Optimist website, it was noted that a natural gas well does not need a subsidy (at least in the U.K.). It was also noted that the cost for providing power from an offshore wind farm would be nine times that from a gas plant. The advantage factor for a gas plant over a land-based wind farm was given as three.

    The Rational Optimist is the name of a book by Matt Ridley. In the ninth chapter, the percentage of Britain’s land required for wind farms if wind power were to supply 25% of the electricity needs was given as 10%.

    There are ten copies of The Rational Optimist in the Austin Public Library collection.

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