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June 08, 2005

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Rucio

Some mitigating comments in addition to those you cite.

1. In western Denmark it has been documented that 84% of its wind production had to exported, because there was no need for the extra electricity when the wind rose. So production equivalent to 20% of their electricity does not mean providing 20%. In fact it's just over 3%.

2. Siting is obviously important to minimizing the impacts you mention. But your show of concern is cancelled by the rider that the giant turbines are graceful and beautiful. You did not mention bats, which are being killed in the U.S. Appalachians at the rate of about 1/day/2MW.

3. It is always mentioned that industrial wind is the fastest growing source of renewable energy. So what? SUVs are the most popular car in the U.S. and ATV sales are booming.

4. The Crown Estate has commissioned a study of noise generated by offshore wind facilities. On Scroby Sands (off Great Yarmouth), it has recently been reported that scores of baby seals have been born dead or been abandoned by their mothers, presumably because of the disturbance caused by the wind turbines there.

Rucio

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