Good news for the NIMBY's, reinforcements are on the way.

The Nimby club is about to get a LOT larger because a Canadian developer has proposed to put 165 windmills on Lake St. Clair. This may be the first time in the US there is a proposal to put windmills in full view of a major metropolitian area and on water as precious to the locals as Nantucket Sound is to people on the east coast. (Where are those native american sunrise worshipers when you need them.)

Suppose the Canadian side of the lake is fully developed wiith turbines. For refernece here is the current October sunset from the Grosse Pointe Farms park on the American side, as seen by Google Earth. http://www.thumbpower.net/kmz/Lake%20St%20Clair/normal%20st%20clair...

There is an offshore wind farm in Europe called Horns Rev. It has 80 turbines, 2 mw name plate capacity each, about 400' tall, covering 10 square miles. Here is 18 of those, cheek to jowl, on the Canadian side of Lake St. Clair.
Here's the view from the GP Farms park on the American side.
http://www.thumbpower.net/kmz/Lake%20St%20Clair/Canadian%20wind%20f...
This kind of vast array is possible on Lake St. Clair because it's shallow everywhere. This can't be done on lakes Huron or Michigan because of deep water well offshore. Floating windmills are'nt yet proven technically or economically.
The Charlie Memorial Wind Farm would produce a lot of power, right? Wrong.
DTE's Fermi 2 has a name plate capacity of around 1098 MW and runs at full power about 85% of the time. In 2007 it produced about 8,300,000 MW hours which is about 17% of DTE's total electricity sales.
My offshore wind farm has 2,880 MW of name plate capacity but would produce only 1/3 of that at best because of variable winds. In round numbers the Charlie wind farm would produce about the same MW hours annually as Fermi 2. Here's the math 2,880 MW * 24 hours * 365 days * .33 capacity= 8,401,190 MW hours per year.

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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