LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Storms with high winds are rare, right?


That was quite a storm that blew through the area on the evening of Nov. 2. For a period of four hours sustained wind was 32 mph, with gusts to 45 mph.

That is the wind speed required for our windmills to produce energy at their maximum rate. Averaged over the full day, this burst amounts to 17 percent of the windmills' rated capacity.

Evidently, storms of this magnitude are quite rare, prompting the U-B to print a large headline over a front-page story of extensive damage to trees and powerlines, and of the great number of homes left without power as repair crews scrambled through the night.

Just think what it would be like living here if the windmills produced 17 percent of their rated capacity every day.

Jim Thorn


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