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14,000 wind turbines have been abandoned in the United States

The trend is to keep them operating as long as the taxpayers subsidize them but when that ends they tend to be abandoned.

November 19, 2011
As Beaufort County considers the proposal of Pantego Wind Energy, LLC's to build 49 1.6MW wind turbines on 11,000 acres of land, it may be of interest to some that the trend in the industry is to abandon such projects once the tax credits expire. Don Surber, writing in the UK Daily Mail says that as many as 14,000 such wind turbines in the United States have been abandoned. Surber says:
As Jimi Hendrix may have put it: "And the wind cries bankrupt…"

Minnesotans for Global Warming report that in the last 30 years, the United States has had 14,000 wind turbines abandoned. Apparently, once the subsidies and the wind run out, these 20-story high Cuisinarts are de-bladed and retired. This means more bats and migratory birds will live.

From Minnesotans for Global Warming: "The symbol of Green renewable energy, our savior from the non existent problem of Global Warming, abandoned wind farms are starting to litter the planet as globally governments cut the subsidies taxes that consumers pay for the privilege of having a very expensive power source that does not work every day for various reasons like it's too cold or the wind speed is too high."

Andrew Walden of American Thinker explored nearly 2 years ago the demise of the 37-turbine wind farm at Kamaoa Wind Farm in Hawaii: "Built in 1985, at the end of the boom, Kamaoa soon suffered from lack of maintenance. In 1994, the site lease was purchased by Redwood City, CA-based Apollo Energy. Cannibalizing parts from the original 37 turbines, Apollo personnel kept the declining facility going with outdated equipment. But even in a place where wind-shaped trees grow sideways, maintenance issues were overwhelming. By 2004 Kamaoa accounts began to show up on a Hawaii State Department of Finance list of unclaimed properties. In 2006, transmission was finally cut off by Hawaii Electric Company.California's wind farms — then 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."

When an honest history of this period in the United States is written, it will not be kind to the corporate cronyism that preyed upon public ignorance of earth science to create a crisis — global warming — to exploit and loot the Treasury.
Click here to go to the original source, which includes links to other articles on the subject, including

this one from the American Thinker

We would suggest that our County Commissioners, Manager, the EDC and its CEO might should attend this workshop to be held December 5.

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    Looks to me like
    November 20, 2011 | 08:34 AM

    these landowners who are in such a rush to turn a buck on these things had better write into their leases that the land will be returned to its original state once the corporate welfare ends. But that will likely do no good. These "LLC's" will declare bankruptcy and the landowners will be stuck with the cost of removing them. And they better realize they'll never be able to sell the land with these things on them.
    Bad deal all the way around.

    Fred Waite
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    February 27, 2012 | 12:03 PM

    I'm having difficulty finding any factual basis for the claim of Don Surber that some 14,000 U.S. wind turbines have been abandoned. I'd like to objectively verify that number. Any ideas?

    Max Redfire Wheeler

    Editor's response: We would suggest you contact John Droz

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    Not 14,000 in US, max 1650 world wide and mostly old small ones
    April 20, 2012 | 05:08 PM

    The number of 14,000 wind turbines inactive world-wide was invented by Andrew Walden and has since been not only quoted without qualm, but also misquoted widely as applying specifically to the United States. Even in the quote provided, Mr. Walden references the entire world.

    That said, it's still vastly wrong, by an order of magnitude. There are about 165,000 wind turbines world wide creating clean, safe, carbon-free electricity. At most 1,650 or 1% of them are likely inactive at present. Since they are dominantly older wind turbines that are inactive, this represents a maximum of about 0.5% of generating capacity.

    Mike Barnard
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