Should We Have More Wind Farms in Texas?

One interesting aspect of wind energy is that it is less likely to be available from a wind farm in hot weather. Wind intensity tends to be low in daylight hours when it is hot and air conditioning may be needed. There is more about this in

The Wind-Energy Myth: The claims for this “green” source of energy wither in the Texas heat” by Robert Bryce, National Review Online, August 12, 2011.

Through polling, it has apparently been found that the more knowledgeable that people become about wind farms, the less likely it is that they will look upon wind farms with favor. It has been reported that one suggested response to counteract this is to use “inoculation theory.” See

America’s Worst Wind-Energy Project: Wind-energy proponents admit they need lots of spin to overwhelm the truly informed” by Robert Bryce, National Review Online, October 12, 2011.

Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future is a recent book by Robert Bryce.

There are seven copies of this book in the Austin Public Library collection.

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A requirement for auxiliary power plants can raise costs.

Energy giants want billions for back-up to windfarms” by Tom McGhee, This Is Money, June 26, 2011.

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