This section holds videos from a variety of areas and residents that are speaking out
Cary Shineldecker: Life in the Consumer’s Energy Wind Plant
Published on Mar 2, 2013 Cary Shineldecker of Riverton Township in Mason County MI testifies about life inside the CMS Energy Lakewinds wind plant which contains 56 Danish 0-1.8MW V100 Turbines. Each device is 476′ tall. The closest turbine is 1139 feet from his home.
CMS received $73 million in stimulus funding for the $255 Million project. The installed cost for this wind project is $2,500/KW which is 25% higher than the national average. This is because MI must use “low wind” wind turbines due to an average 6.5M/s wind resource, far lower than IA’s 8.5M/s resource.
This plant will have an annual average capacity of perhaps 25MW. CMS is currently planning a new CCGT nat gas plant of 700MW capacity with a price tag of $750 million. It will have an average capacity of nearly 700MW or 28 times more capacity than the wind plant for only 3 times the cost and will actually be able to replace coal generation at a 1:1 ration while slashing emissions.
Why must anyone be compelled to live this way without consent or compensation when the devices he now lives with are impotent regarding emissions reduction?
Shineldecker Testimony Grand Rapids Energy Roundtable
Published on Feb 27, 2013 Cary Shineldecker testifies about life inside the Consumer’s Energy Lakewinds Energy “Park”, their 56 turbine industrial wind plant. This testimony is before Director Steve Bakkal of the Michigan Energy Office and Chairman Quackenbush from the MPSC as well as hundreds of citizens.
There will be those who want to suggest that the health impacts Mr. Shineldecker and his famliy are suffering are nothing compared to those who bear the impacts of fossil fuel or nuclear generation. But since wind energy is intermittent, of low capacity and we have no practical storage, fossil fuel plants will serve as “storage” thereby providing the bulk of the energy needed to guarantee firm capacity. This means the health impacts from wind energy are added to the health impacts of fossil generation. They do not replace them. It is a net increase in human suffering,, not a decrease.