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(Grist)   In 2007, 25% of wind turbines installed in America were made in America. In 2012 it was 72%   (grist.org ) divider line
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2013-08-14 04:34:30 PM  
3 votes:
www.whitehouse.gov
2013-08-14 04:05:59 PM  
3 votes:
I signed up for this thing where all my electricity is wind-generated so my electric bills are like twice what they used to be because I am a stupid hippie.  I feel like I have personally paid for at least two of these got damned things.  I at least want a climb up one of them and scream through the blades so I sound like Darth Vader.
2013-08-14 04:19:02 PM  
2 votes:
made made
or
assembled made?
2013-08-14 11:53:16 PM  
1 vote:

NateAsbestos: lousyskater: ferretman: 72% of 5 units sold....is not very good.

My company put up 250 2MW wind turbines last year in the US alone, which literally doubled our count here in the states. Being a fairly small company, that's farking huge. But yeah, turns out it's cheaper to manufacture the larger components here in the states than it does to outsource it and then pay out the ass to ship it and then pay for damages during overseas shipping.

See this picture?
[i.imgur.com image 850x637]

All of those went up in the past 4 years and a vast majority were manufactured here in the states.

Where the hell is that? It looks like a Windows background


Norcal, specifically Bird's Landing, CA. I wish it always looked like that out here, it's green for a good 3 months and then everything turns to a dead brown for the rest of the year because it doesn't farking rain. Don't have any pictures with dead grass because it's ugly, but I've got this one to show just how big ours are:
http://i.imgur.com/L9Y1w61.jpg


acohn: sirgrim: Getting my degree in wind energy technology so getting a kick.. really it's pretty cool.

So why doesn't the U.S. produce more sophisticated turbines?


Because those aren't nearly efficient enough for large scale energy production.

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I will only support these if we actually sharpen the blades. I like the idea of giant whirling razor blades that leave comical chunks of birds, parachute jumpers, and stray kites in evenly bisected pieces.


The small ones still chop birds into tiny little bits. The big ones move slow enough that I've seen the hawks and vultures around here seemingly play games out of avoiding the whirling turbine blades. Been doing this for almost 2 years now, and could count the amount of dead birds I've seen around ours on a single hand.
2013-08-14 11:40:20 PM  
1 vote:
www.windpoweringamerica.gov

www.njcleanenergy.com
...in less than 12 years.  Imagine it in 2025!
2013-08-14 08:04:52 PM  
1 vote:
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
Good old American windmill to support the real 'Mericans working the land

i1.trekearth.com
Dirty hippy windmills that are taking American jobs and spoil the view for our wonderful representatives in their multi million dollar homes.
2013-08-14 06:48:57 PM  
1 vote:
Put one infront of Rush Limbaugh, one infront of Sarah Palin and one infront of the Teabaggers. Ta da! Energy problem solved
2013-08-14 05:49:22 PM  
1 vote:
Within about a half hour of my house right now there are at least half a dozen full-sized turbines.  To hear some people around here talk, you'd think they were the work of the devil or something.  Probably doesn't help that the anti-turbine people in the area had Ted Kennedy on their side for a while.
2013-08-14 04:33:37 PM  
1 vote:

meat0918: Your money goes into the pool, then they buy energy from another company that produces wind energy.

The actual electrons might have been produced at a nuke plant, but overall a purchase was made from someone producing wind energy.


Okay, I didn't think of it that way.

Still, it seems like just an excuse to get you to pay more without actually helping the environment in a significant way. If you're using electricity, you're still contributing to the peak load that requires them to fire up the fossil fuel plants. Unless maybe the higher rates are a social engineering tactic designed to make you use less juice.
2013-08-14 04:28:33 PM  
1 vote:

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: brap: I signed up for this thing where all my electricity is wind-generated so my electric bills are like twice what they used to be because I am a stupid hippie.  I feel like I have personally paid for at least two of these got damned things.  I at least want a climb up one of them and scream through the blades so I sound like Darth Vader.

Uh....how could that possibly work? Electricity is the mother of all fungible resources. There's no separating your "green" electrons from my "dirty" electrons once they hit the grid. Did they give you your own power lines too? Because that smells like a scam designed to fleece enviro-nuts to me.


Your money goes into the pool, then they buy energy from another company that produces wind energy.

The actual electrons might have been produced at a nuke plant, but overall a purchase was made from someone producing wind energy.
2013-08-14 04:25:33 PM  
1 vote:

brap: I signed up for this thing where all my electricity is wind-generated so my electric bills are like twice what they used to be because I am a stupid hippie.  I feel like I have personally paid for at least two of these got damned things.  I at least want a climb up one of them and scream through the blades so I sound like Darth Vader.


Uh....how could that possibly work? Electricity is the mother of all fungible resources. There's no separating your "green" electrons from my "dirty" electrons once they hit the grid. Did they give you your own power lines too? Because that smells like a scam designed to fleece enviro-nuts to me.
2013-08-14 04:24:15 PM  
1 vote:
spacebison.com
2013-08-14 04:21:50 PM  
1 vote:

bindlestiff2600: made made
or
assembled made?


I'm pretty sure 100% of the windmills in the US were "assembled" here.
2013-08-14 04:06:16 PM  
1 vote:
fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net

Aruba wind turbines

// powering 20% of the island

// friggin huge
2013-08-14 03:51:57 PM  
1 vote:

lousyskater: ferretman: 72% of 5 units sold....is not very good.

My company put up 250 2MW wind turbines last year in the US alone, which literally doubled our count here in the states. Being a fairly small company, that's farking huge. But yeah, turns out it's cheaper to manufacture the larger components here in the states than it does to outsource it and then pay out the ass to ship it and then pay for damages during overseas shipping.

See this picture?


All of those went up in the past 4 years and a vast majority were manufactured here in the states.


The wind energy industry sure is booming. I still can't understand the people that object to them over appearance, I would love to have a windfarm out my back door, they are amazing to watch.
2013-08-14 03:51:49 PM  
1 vote:

Im_Gumby: impaler: FlashHarry: ferretman: 72% of 5 units sold....is not very good.

you know how i know you've never driven through the midwest?

Iowa's wind farms are massive and beautiful.

Ludington MI has a couple of them too

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 640x408]


So does the Thumb.

One of my aunts was complaining she could hear them. The nearest one as of 4 years ago is 13 miles away.

When she shushed us while we were visiting and said "There it is", the rest of the family pointed out that was the dairy 1/2 mile down the road she was hearing.

She is royally pissed at my dad for allowing the power company to use a portion of his land to set one up.  I know part of the reason he allowed it is to get her to move away, but also the money they offered.

This news goals well the the fact we have a trade surplus with China in the overall solar industry.
2013-08-14 03:37:00 PM  
1 vote:

ferretman: 72% of 5 units sold....is not very good.


My company put up 250 2MW wind turbines last year in the US alone, which literally doubled our count here in the states. Being a fairly small company, that's farking huge. But yeah, turns out it's cheaper to manufacture the larger components here in the states than it does to outsource it and then pay out the ass to ship it and then pay for damages during overseas shipping.

See this picture?
i.imgur.com

All of those went up in the past 4 years and a vast majority were manufactured here in the states.
2013-08-14 03:19:07 PM  
1 vote:
Getting my degree in wind energy technology so getting a kick.. really it's pretty cool.
2013-08-14 02:14:08 PM  
1 vote:
GOP hacks: But, but, but, Solyndra!

Truth:  The vast majority of the government funded green energy initiatives have been successful, and have resulted in job growth as well as industry leadership for American companies.
 
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