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My summer vacation was through the canyons and desert areas of Arizona, Colorado, Utah. Driving out there took me through Kansas where I saw the first of many wind farms while on vacation. I do feel that these massive wind farms are too much destroying the beauty of the mountains ahead and plains of the fields. However, I realize I would rather see wind farming than energy plants, especially coal fed plants. Last year remembering the sight of wind farms in the waters entering Copenhagen Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. The cruise line had to navigate a channel charted around the standing wind generator mountings in the water. Here again, these wind farms took away the beauty of the European ports. So, as a people, we sacrifice some environmental issues for the sake of supplying a clean energy source. Yes, this is better than a coal fired plant, but wind farms are pale in comparison to Nuclear Power.
A new Nuclear Power plant is being developed currently that expends "ALL" nuclear material into safe waste. A young lady engineer which has perfected the design is working with a large company to build the first plant here in America. As it is known that wind farms do not have the ability to compete with a single nuclear power plant, the world will more likely see these wind farms come down in the future. The maintenance on these wind farms are intensive and those generators that run continuously will shut down for routine maintenance cycles, which is why you can see so many generators not rotating. Those generators not rotating are either broke or down for maintenance. The maintenance cycle sends a signal to the maintenance people that have to go on location and perform the maintenance. Although, nuclear power plants have a lot of maintenance the amount of energy that is provided is more than adequate to pay for service. Wind farms may die from excessive maintenance costs. There have been some wind farms damaged from tornados, which is huge loss to the providers of the wind farm.
Nuclear power is getting much better in providing safe energy for customers. The older plants probably need to be replaced and new plants need to be built replacing coal fed plants.
I did get an opportunity to discuss the wind farms with some farmers that had the land leasing to the wind farm providers. They are very happy! They get a payment for the use of their land anywhere from $1500-$3500 per year per wind mill and they still get to graze their live stock and grow crops as desired. It's a mutual benefit to both farming and wind farm energy production. For instance, a farmer that has several hundred acres leased for spacing several wind generator platforms could receive $1500 for each platform and having 100 platforms, the amount of payment is $150,000. That's pretty good for the farmer. Some of those range farmers have several thousands of acres and could expect business for a thousand wind generator platforms or more. That's good farming with no overhead, other than CPA that does the accounting.
I'm advocating nuclear power more than wind farms.