[ RadSafe ] World's Biggest Wind Park -Capacity Factor vs. Nuclear
Glenn R. Marshall
GRMarshall at philotechnics.com
Wed Apr 12 07:30:36 CDT 2006
I can't help wondering if the pay and benefits for the bat counters is
figured into the cost of electricity. Perhaps guano scoopers could be
paid less, and the data they collect could be used too figure out the
Then again, Darwinism seems to say if the birds and bats aren't smart
enough to stay alive, they shouldn't.
From: Susan Gawarecki [mailto:loc at icx.net]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:07 PM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] World's Biggest Wind Park -Capacity Factor vs.
TVA is finding that the wind turbines on Buffalo Mountain are taking a
larger toll on bats than birds. I wonder about the effectiveness of
counting bird and bat bodies each morning (most migration activity takes
place during the night). It seems to me that in short order the small
predators like foxes and raccoons will figure out that snacks drop from
the sky underneath these turbines and have a lot of them "cleaned up" by
morning. This could cause serious underestimates of bird mortality.
Frankly the estimate of 7.5 birds/turbine/year for the Buffalo Mountain
wind farm (as cited on the ABC site) seems way too low.
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