by: Diane Benjamin
In today’s edition, the Pantagraph has a story about the Heartland Community College wind turbine. A study is going to be conducted to see how many birds and bats are murdered by the blades per year. The Canadian Free Press just released information on the subject: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/print-friendly/63235 CFP frequently reports what American media ignores.
The Pantagraph story made one outrageous claim though: “Most of the turbine’s construction cost was paid for with a $950,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant . . ”
Really Pantagraph? You think $950,000 covered most of the cost? I’ve never heard of the reporter, Maria Nagle, but she really needs to do some research and write facts instead of propaganda!
Here is a link to a story I did in 2012: https://blnnews.com/2012/05/24/will-the-heartland-college-windmill-save-money/ Total construction costs were: $5,168,408
I filed another Freedom of Information act request this week for turbine costs and electric bills. In 2013 I did an analysis of savings generated by wind: https://blnnews.com/2013/05/24/how-much-is-the-heartland-turbine-saving/ When the information is received, I will update the worksheet.
Meanwhile, be very skeptical of Pantagraph facts! Maybe they will update their story in the “Setting it right” column.