Where do Unsubsidized Wind Turbines Go to Die?

Russ Steele

With wind turbine subsides on the chopping block, what happens to the abandoned wind turbines subsidies bubble bursts –  they stand where they were erected  in a mute testimony to a dying climate Religion. More details HERE.

The US experience with wind farms has left over 14,000 wind turbines abandoned and slowly decaying, in most instances the turbines are just left as symbols of a dying Climate Religion, nowhere have the Green Environmentalists appeared to clear up their mess or even complain about the abandoned wind farms.

The US has had wind farms since 1981:

“Some say that Ka Le is haunted—and it is. But it’s haunted not by Hawaii’s legendary night marchers. The mysterious sounds are “Na leo o Kamaoa”– the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm…

The ghosts of Kamaoa are not alone in warning us. Five other abandoned wind sites dot the Hawaiian Isles—but it is in California where the impact of past mandates and subsidies is felt most strongly. Thousands of abandoned wind turbines littered the landscape of wind energy’s California “big three” locations—Altamont Pass, Tehachapin (above), and San Gorgonio—considered among the world’s best wind sites…
California’s wind farms— comprising about 80% of the world’s wind generation capacity—ceased to generate much more quickly than Kamaoa. In the best wind spots on earth, over 14,000 turbines were simply abandoned. Spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills…”

I guess this explains many of  the mute wind turbines that we observe when traveling though out California.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Where do Unsubsidized Wind Turbines Go to Die?

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    The sleep of reason breeds monsters.
    Back in the late eighties, a friend of mine who was a wide ranging entrepeneur told me of an offer made to him. It was to dismantle shut down wind mills in the Tehachapi area, crate them up and ship them to Caribbean islands to sell to their governments at inflated prices to cover kickbacks to Caribbean bureaucrats. He turned it down.
    Those things are a swindle that just keeps on swindling.

  2. … without the tax credit in place, the wind business “falls off a cliff,” said Ryan Wiser, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who studies the market potential of renewable electricity sources.

  3. Try reading http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/reports/wind-energy-costs-2-2012.pdf , especially pages 10 onwards. Newer bigger wind turbines are making the older ones obsolete. Science of wind technologies is progressing, you might as well be whining about the declining numbers of land lines in the USA.

  4. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Mr. Keachie, does the science of wind technologies include a method for inducing the wind to blow at a useful speed 24/7/365?
    You could not dream up a power generation system more poorly matched to the power requirements of our civilization than wind power. Oh, wait! I forgot about solar.

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