Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 08:58:47 -0500
Reply-To: Nat Wooding <nathani@VERIZON.NET>
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From: Nat Wooding <nathani@VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: When Wind Is Reliable: Turbines Help Texans Avoid the Dark -
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One environmental issue that can affect wind generation is icing in the
blades and hopefully the engineers who designed the Texas systems either
allowed for this or the weather conditions were favorable. Given the news
reports of the unusually nasty weather that Texas experienced recently, I'm
a bit surprised that they were so lucky. The descriptions of the problems at
some of the fossil plants makes me guess that at least some of the
breakdowns were due to the plants' simply not being designed to experience
such conditions. Fossil plants operate in much worse conditions further
north without pipes bursting (unless, of course, something makes the plant
shut down and there is a sudden loss of heat). A couple years ago, I spent a
memorable December day helping take groundwater samples from a well next to
a plant in WV and part of our sampling equipment was a control box that
regulated water flow. We had to put this in our Suburban with the hoses
hanging out the rolled up window and with the heat on full blast. The steam
turbines in the plant were spinning happily as were the wind turbines along
the nearby ridge.
Whatever you build, you have to allow for the local weather.
From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 12:47 AM
Subject: When Wind Is Reliable: Turbines Help Texans Avoid the Dark -
Willie or no Willie, touched or not,. when it's chilly Texans are now
turning to Wind Power!
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