Bird mincer battery approved

Gareth Hughes of the Green Taliban will be soiling his hemp cloth nappies with excitement over the announcement that a battery of 286 native bird mincers has been granted resource consent approval to be built spanning 30,000 hectares to maximize its killing capacity in the Wairarapa.

Wairarapa could soon be home to New Zealand’s largest wind farm after Genesis Energy was granted resource consent to increase the size of its controversial mega-wind farm.

It has approval to build up to 286 turbines in the region at a cost of more than $1.6 billion.

Consents for Genesis’s proposed Castle Hill wind farm wereconfirmed by the Environment Court today, after appeals were lodged against the original consents granted in June last year for 267 turbines. It had originally applied to build 286 turbines, which has now been approved. - source 

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So bad news all around, more of these large ugly expensive inefficient blenders to litter the countryside. To highlight the inefficiency and unreliability of these useless monstrosities, they can not operate in all conditions and are dictated by the weather, unlike hydro and nuclear power.

  • It is very expensive to build big turbines that can work in very high winds so the blades are “feathered” to reduce stress on them, so that they do not break off in very high winds; thus you find turbines either stop or slow down in very high winds.
  • You cannot get more than about 59% of the power in the wind into a wind turbine (Beltz’s law)
  • Efficiency of wind turbines depends on the design criteria; efficiency is not that important because kinetic wind energy is free, but if we could make turbines 50% efficient we would not need to build so many of them; the best wind turbines actually operate at around 35% efficiency
  • Wind does not always blow when you need the energy.
  • Generally places where people need the energy are some distance away from places where there is plenty of wind. In the United Kingdom the wind blows best around the coast and just off it. The main wind direction is from the west, so the west coast, particularly in Scotland, gets lots of wind which is some distance away from where the electricity generated will be used.  - source

 

  • James

    Wonder what they plan on building for the backup for the wind station? The UK is now putting diesel generators into hospitals and other facilities to make sure that they are covered for when the wind isn’t blowing:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/28/nhs-hospitals-generate-power-blackout

    Because diesel generators are far more efficient and clean than gas and nuclear power stations that actually generate electricity rather than simply farm subsidies.

  • In Vino Veritas

    Excellent. Given that estimates of bird kill from turbines is between 1 & 3 birds per turbine per year, that could equate to between 286 and 858 birds per year at this site. The Rena was a “disaster” according to the Greens when 2000 poor wee birdies died. So, over the lifetime of these turbines I suppose the Greens will say “environmental catastrophe”.

  • Maggy Wassilieff

    Looks like the NZ turbines are performing above average then… 5-6 birds/yr/turbine are being killed at the wind farm on Wellington’s south coast. 17 different species have been killed…. Australasian harriers are their favourite victim.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2012.757242#.UdXw9GQ8q6Q

    I do hope they’re not mincing up all those birds that are being nurtured at Zealandia just over the valley from the Westwind project. Time will tell i suppose.

  • PlanetOrphan

    A crazy idea …. Build a “Windmill containment structure, that’s big enough to generate it’s own wind based on simple sunlight heating and heat storage units for the pm hours.
    Easy for us God like creatures M8! :-))

    • Travis Poulson

      Here’s an idea, a battery of large fans in front of the battery of wind turbines, it’ll be a completely self sufficient system and generate lots of…..oh hang on….

      • PlanetOrphan

        Or declare open season on all birds in the area, damaging our bloody windmills M8!

  • AngryTory

    Who gives a shit about shitty dead birds? Only greenies and commies.

    • Travis Poulson

      Apparently they don’t. Did you read the post selectively?

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Read it again dude. You will like it. Clearly the Greenies and commies do care about the wildlife, but it looks like one of their ideological principles has trumped another one. :-)

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Read it again dude. You will like it. Clearly the Greenies and commies do care about the wildlife, but it looks like one of their ideological principles has trumped another one. :-)

      • Travis Poulson

        The cruel lessons of living the life of a hypocrite.

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          It isn’t conscious hypocrisy, the problem is that they are rigidly doctrinaire adherents to abstract precepts and are not in anyway pragmatic. It is the same as being principled, but their notions are not ones of principle, but of a fragmentalised systematic methodology predicated upon abstractions which lead them on a path towards the execution of power. They are such transparent throwbacks that I really do pity them if anything. Certain principles are irreconcilable with others and you can see them for what they are once they are forced to dispense with one. Wait until personal freedom comes up against eco-zealotry and you’ll see what I mean.

  • GregM

    Where is forest and bird on this ? They are anti all other forms of generation,their silence is deafening.

    • In Vino Veritas

      All twenty three of them are up on the Denniston, having driven metal spikes into the ground and chained themselves down in protest.
      The Denniston, where no one can hear you scream.

      • Travis Poulson

        I’m sure the bulldozer drivers will hear them scream when they start stripping off the top layer.

  • Rodger T

    Any chance they can build them on the Spur-winged Plovers migratory flight path?

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    This is the funny thing about Green Party people. They make a big deal about being educated, young and hip and then, because they’re such a pack of credulous, useful idiots and fellow travellers, cause the stupidest things to occur, which their ideology does not permit them to acknowledge and rectify.

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