Greenpeace Gets It Right: More Wind Power In Erie A Good Idea

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 22:30.

Lake Erie

As many of you know there has been a lot of talk about wind energy coming to Cleveland.  The shores of Lake Erie could someday hold a farm of renewable energy windmils.

Over at TreeHugger.com there is interest in the shallow waters of our nearest great lake... but maybe Cleveland is not in the plans?  Head on over to thier site for an interesting article on what Greenpeace is thinking.

Greenpeace Gets it right

Image credit:: NOAA, Lake Erie Bathymetry

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Steel Winds Project = Full Operations

It looks like Lackawanna, NY (Just South of Buffalo, NY) has got 8 turbines generating 20 MW utilizing the new clipper windopower 2.5 MW turbine.  While there was a goal to have around 32 turbines instead of just 8 the politics got in the way. 

It is good to see that there is real action on the great lakes... to bad Cleveland continues to be an observer.

LACKAWANNA STEELWINDS

   
Hello Phillip,  A few weeks ago when I was taking the photo above, I passed through Lackawanna and happened to meet the son of the Mayor of Lackwanna out on a harbor jetty.  The  fellow confirmed what I had  read on a marine blog a few months back, that six more Clippers are scheduled to be erected on the Steelwinds site.  There is room for eighty turbines eventually.  The Mayors of Lackawanna and Hamburg New York - where the old Bethlehem Steel slag heaps were dumped in Lake Erie and on which slag the turbines are sited - are both apparently very enthusiastic about the new tax revenue which the Town's receive from the turbines.   They want more. 

I asked the Mayor's son if there were any complaints afoot about the turbines - none. 

FYI, all eight of the aviation warning lights on the turbine nacelles blink on simultaneously, and off simultaneously.  You can just spot the Buffalo Inner Harbor light house in the middle of the photo.

Cleveland needs to take practical steps to get into  wind turbine manufacturing and use - and not set its first dream goal as "iconic turbines about 3 miles out in Lake Erie".

Shift already

  I am not always trying to have the last word here--I wish that some of our elected officials and institutional leaders would weigh in.  Thanks Phillip for raising awareness, but around here we need to drop the proverbial anvil on someone's head.  And even then, you won't get a response.

Nancy Jack Todd said it in A Safe and Sustainable World: "The way we live now is predicated on an outmoded understanding of the world.  A shift from our inherited Newtonian/Cartesian acceptance of the natural world as mechanistic and malleable at will to human manipulation to a Gaian cosmology is a vast leap of mind--and heart.  This constitutes a change of mind-set--of worldview--as profound as any in the past.  Yet, as Einstein once pointed out, only when we change the way we think will we change the way we behave."

Development in the Wilderness??

Iconic my arse.  Keep those man made creations out of the undeveloped wilderness.  OI OI I agree they are nice to look at but the 5 mile crib is about all the modern equipment I care to see on the horizon looking off into the vast deep cool blue wilderness.    This is our largest roadless area, our equavalent deepest forest.    Sure its not so easy to access the most remote areas, but then again, thats why they are remote.  If we had dozens of bird grinders out there we might as well have some water taxi's, noise pollution, visual pollution, and just let er eat.    

We do need to make these here.   The subsequent pollution I can deal with.   The clutter on the unfettered horizon I would rather skip.   My children deserver the same rights and access to uncluttered sunsets over our horizon that I have had, and my parents had growing up on Groveland Club and Dalwood Drive on the beach next to Easterly WWTP.
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CLEAR HORIZONS

ZBRA EYE NO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING.   I LOVE THOSE CLEAR HORIZONS 2.  BUT DU WE NEED 2 COMPROMIZE? AT NITE U CANT SEE THEM... IN THE WINTER THEY COULD BE ALL OVER NAMERICA. COOKING OUT POWER.  HOW DU WE DU IT?