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Fri Dec 23, 2011, 01:44 PM

139. It's good for 8 hours for the entire town. These batteries are not for momentary fluctuations.

It's in the news.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=7507795

Perhaps you have no appreciation for the size of Texas or of the wind conditions here. If you drive from Atlanta to LA, 1/3 of your trip will be in Texas. If you drive from Brownsville to Canada, 1/2 your trip will be in Texas.

The trees here in my hometown grow at a 10-15 degree angle from south to north, the wind is so constant. And last winter, when record cold froze the incoming water lines to 24 nuclear, coal, oil, and gas plants, wind supplied 25% of the entire state's power needs. We never missed a beat here.

AND love that 6.6 cents per kwh rate I get, compared with 20 cents + for the old oil-gas-nuke-coal combo rate.

Let me repeat: nuclear power has never made a dime on its own. Without huge subsidies and a pass on environmental damage and cleanup, it is the most expensive, risky, filthy way ever devised to boil water.

Wind is here in Texas. It's only going to get bigger. Several thousand existing turbines are shutdown because their output exceeds the ability of the grid to carry it. Those new lines will be finished in early 2013, and immediately, Texas wind output will increase 25% from the turbines already built and in place.

Texas Tech has the first degree in wind energy in the US. It won't be the last - our local junior college has a two year program that is paid for by Duke to train workers. Duke covers the entire cost of their education, and then hires the grads at around $43,000 a year. Not bad for a 20 year old with an associate's degree. Several of my former students have already gone through it, and several are enrolled right now.

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