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Duane Benson
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
Duane Benson   5/11/2011 9:55:58 PM
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Who is going to pay for the additional transmission capability to get the power out of the region? (where Google wants to build their wind farm) Currently there are times when the region has too much power. Under those conditions, they either turn off some of the turbines or release dam water over the spillways instead of through the generating turbines, which harms the fish runs. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2011/04/bpa_wind_developers_argue_over.html Much of the power generated by wind is earmarked for markets in California, which is fine unless you can't get it there.

wilber_xbox
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
wilber_xbox   4/24/2011 12:30:05 PM
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Google is looking to invest in other future technologies, clean energy is one of them. It is far fetched but are we expecting another GE!

dennisec
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
dennisec   4/20/2011 7:11:01 PM
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"My wind power subsidy estimate uses the WSJ's $23.37 per megawatt-hour figure, which came from the new Energy Information Administration" google on wind power subsidy

opticsace
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
opticsace   4/20/2011 8:00:02 AM
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And how much are American taxpayers investing in subsidies?

eewiz
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
eewiz   4/20/2011 6:05:22 AM
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http://www.fastcompany.com/1745543/wind-farms-dont-usually-produce-as-much-energy-as-advertised-report Article from FastCompany says, Wind farms are pretty useless. I have to agree with many of their comments. Google should invest the money somewhere else.

Sanjib.A
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
Sanjib.A   4/20/2011 3:13:48 AM
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First, investing in the solar-thermal and now the wind farm...great initiative by Google to promote the renewable energy! Is there any business objective which might be driving Google to aggressively invest in the green power generation within a short span in recent past?

dirk.bruere
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
dirk.bruere   4/19/2011 8:10:11 PM
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"Permanent magnets" eh... Expect Neodymium prices to continue rising steeply

Streetrodder
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re: Google to invest $100M in wind farm
Streetrodder   4/19/2011 8:09:43 PM
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This is very cool for the local economy there. I grew up in that area when the sole 'industries' were farming, the railroad and a mobile home factory. It hasn't changed all that much; this could induce some of us that left for a technical career to return. Paul Sherman



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