Monday, June 30, 2008

If Global warming is the issue, why take so long to approve new windfarms?


612-Year Waiting List for New Wind Projects?


The Midwest Independent Transmission System (MISO), the organization in charge of the power lines, has to approve every new project that will connect to existing power lines. And MISO is only used to dealing with coal-plant-sized projects. Thus, the current regulations say that they must dedicate 2 years of their time to every project that will connect to the grid.

Not only that, but they're only allowed to process one application at a time.

People filing an application with MISO to build a medium- to large-scale wind project (of which there are currently over three hundred) have a heck of a wait in front of them.


one application at a time & 2 yrs dedicated to every project, x more then 300 projects = over 600yrs.

I am left wondering, if this is the work of the oil lobby? The moratorium on solar and the snails' pace on wind power, certainly helps to keep big oil and the nuclear industry happy.

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