Wind-generated energy in Mississippi is like water-powered cars. Theoretically it is possible (with cars, it is hydrogen electrolysis); but it is an expensive proposition to create inefficient electricity.
Becky Gillette’s article in the MBJ (“Breezy subject — Glickson: Gulf Coast winds not best for generating electricity, unless technology improves” July 20-26, 2009) brought the story home to Mississippi. Our unreliable winds, hurricane risks and transmission challenges of generated power to on-shore consumers are obstacles making Mississippi an unfertile ground for wind renewable power.
A recent report from Bloomberg News tells more, “President Barack Obama’s push for wind and solar energy to wean the U.S. from foreign oil carries a hidden cost: overburdening the nation’s electrical grid and increasing the threat of blackouts.”
It isn’t just about generation; it is also about transmission. Moving electricity thousands of miles strains transmission lines and increases costs. If the renewable energy is not reliable, it under loads one portion of the circuit causing the rest to collapse.
Areas of the United States that can produce reliable and affordable wind power should embrace that technology. Mississippi’s resources (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, bio-mass) are different, and our energy strategy should reflect our own resources, not those of Arizona or North Dakota.
The MBJ’s recent focus on “Energy, Gas & Utilities” was effective reporting on Mississippi’s needs and natural resources.