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The Mayor’s Wind Farm Committee of the City of Evanston is planning a field trip to visit a wind farm in Indiana on Friday, May 13, for the committee and interested members of the community.

The goal of the trip is to see how wind turbines look from a distance similar to that of the proposed Evanston offshore wind project both during the day and at night.

A bus will leave from the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., at 3 p.m. on Friday and will return around 11:30 p.m.

Interested members of the community are invited to attend and will be responsible for paying a prorated fee to cover the cost of their transportation.

To reserve a spot on the bus should contact Kate Todd at ktodd@cityofevanston.org or 847-859-7825 by Saturday, May 7. 

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4 Comments

  1. Windfarms

    I drove past those windfarm fields last year and they scared me to death.  All I could think of is how destructive those things could be when a tornado hit.  They would become lethal weapons.  Has anyone given any thought to that since we live in tornado alley?  Plus, I understand that if nature's winds get more that 40 mph, these things have to be shut down.  I understand, too, that these are the wrong kinds of windmills since they only rotate one way and are not like the more efficient ones in Germany.  

    1. Please understand that

      Please understand that (1) tornados turn most everything into a lethal weapon and (2) these would be placed on the lake well away from the city.   There are a limited number of manufactures for off-shore wind mills, and all modules that are available rotate 360 degrees, just like the ones in Europe. 

  2. The madness of windfarms

    Evanston may exult in its being green, but ultimately the reality of the real world sets in. Aside from the bitter reality that electricity from lake based wind turbines is more expensive (lake based turbines cost 3x to 5 x more even with subsidies). There is the fact that the electrical power from the lake based turbines ultimately has to reach the local grid.  For efficiency the electrical power is transformed to high voltage, which requires open wires on towers.  Where are these high voltage towers going to run through Evanston?  Down Lincoln?

    1. Wind Farm

      Unlike land based wind which is a mature industry, offshore wind is in its infancy and has a huge potential to reduce its costs.  The proposed Evanston Wind Farm could not be built until at least 2018, and in that time the cost per MW will very likely come way down.  Given that it is powered by finite resources, the price of conventional power is clearly set to substantially climb. 

      States are now enacting restriction zones limiting where land based wind can be placed.  Furthermore, land based wind farms produce their peak power in the middle of the night when there is little to no demand, while offshore wind farms produce peak power during the day.  

      Offshore wind is located closer to the end user, reducing transmission losses.  Every mode of power generation has tradeoffs and in this case it would be continuous invisible and very real CO2/pollution emissions from coal/natural gas power versus a one time expense of an underground transmission line to the Church and Laramie Com Ed substation in Skokie.  The power lines would not be overhead.

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