Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Windy enough for ya?

Power! I am pretty sure I will do this and am considering the 100% option. I encourage other Xcel clients consider it also. Although it doesn't end up putting a 75 foot wind tower in my yard I'm still pretty excited by the opportunity. It seems a reasonable way to vote your dollars for wind power by paying a small premium on power you are already using.


Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

Somebody refresh my memory.

Didn't this come out a few years ago, only to face harsh criticism by Msrs. Fares, Harrison, et al, who considered it a way to make the customers pay for the priviledge of paying for their power?

I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I ask only for clarification.

By the way, I will happily accept educational critiques on my errors in grammar and punctuation for the previous paragraphs.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Fares said...

I'm sure I might have but I can't recall why now. Maybe Jeff does. After looking at the math I may not want to commit to paying a couple hundred bucks a year but will still do it at a somewhat meaningnful level. I see the benefit in the long term to telling XCEL that I want this and am glad that this private subsidy option exists through the public utility.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

After reviewing more detailed information about this, including the fact that Xcel will be closely watched to ensure that the money they get actually goes towards further wind energy development, I'm more comfortable with it.

However, instead of posting a link to the boring technicalities, I'd rather post this for your cutting and pasting pleasure:

Then you can read about how windmills don't help the environment because A) building them takes energy, and B) windmills are "incredible bird-killing machines".

Mr. Edgar doesn't strike me as a particularly happy person.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Fares said...

What a crab. He should try a nightcap of Angostura bitters.
What a load of horseshit. Using builldozers to erect windmills is more destructive than using bulldozers to move coal?

9:31 PM  
Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

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10:34 AM  
Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

Maybe they could hire the Amish to build the windmills using Clydesdales. Of course, he'd probably rail against the methane the horses create.

As far as the birds, I think after a few millenia Darwinism will breed birds which avoid giant rotating death blades.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Fares said...

To say nothing of the Amish. Talk about wind power.
I feel I can kid them becasue very few Amish read the blog. I think only those with a well developed sense of humor. That and a willingness to embrace the satanic technology that brings it.

11:42 AM  
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