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Subject:  Re: Lifespan of wind farms Date:  2/11/2013  2:32 PM
Author:  waterfell Number:  40822 of 82143

Bolting a new turbine to an established base can probably be done in a day.

At a cost, yes. GE, Vestas and the other turbine manufacturers still charge for their products. (GE managers love to sell wind turbines, because then they also get to sell a natural gas burning power plant to provide the majority of the power needed.)

The post below from the Energy Collective shows if the real capacity factors and wind turbine lifespans are put into the cost calculations, the cost of a wind farm in Vermont will be 28.3 cents per kilowatt-hour unsubsidized (18.9 cents/kwh subsidized) instead of the 10 cents/kwh originally promised to Vermonters.

- Pete
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