Wind Power isn't Just Dirty and Inefficient - You Can't Recycle the Turbine Blades - Granite Grok

Wind Power isn’t Just Dirty and Inefficient – You Can’t Recycle the Turbine Blades

Floating Wind farm

As New Hampshire muddles through another statewide power outage energy and electricity are on people’s minds. So, is this a good time to point out another issue with green energy policy (in NH and elsewhere). Wind Turbine blades can’t be recycled. Ever.

Related: Wind Power an Even Bigger Waste of Money Than Originally Projected

These huge blades have to be cut up into sections with a special diamond-tipped saw (carbon footprint), hauled on a flatbed (carbon footprint), and then buried in the ground where they will never biodegrade.

Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the blades can’t easily be crushed, recycled or repurposed. That’s created an urgent search for alternatives in places that lack wide-open prairies. In the U.S., they go to the handful of landfills that accept them, in Lake Mills, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Casper, where they will be interred in stacks that reach 30 feet under.

“The wind turbine blade will be there, ultimately, forever,” said Bob Cappadona, chief operating officer for the North American unit of Paris-based Veolia Environnement SA, which is searching for better ways to deal with the massive waste. “Most landfills are considered a dry tomb.”

And we’re not talking about just a few. “In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years.” And they want to add a lot more.

Wind Bad

We already knew Wind was dirty. Materials used in construction (and delivery of that power), unlike CO2, are actually dangerous to the environment.

Material mining, manufacturing, installation, and operation are all carbon-intensive and dirty.

Wind power is not efficient, fails to match its projected power output and tends to degrade mechanically at rates faster than advertised (Life cycle).

They kill off thousands of birds and bats annually effectively altering entire ecosystems.

You can’t possibly build enough of these nasty things to even keep up with increasing energy demand (forget about replacing existing demand).

And you can’t recycle it.

New Hampshire’s government has rejected offshore oil (supported with private money) because of the perception that it is dirty while embracing offshore wind (subsidized by tax dollars) which is dirty and inefficient. 

New Hampshire Democrats are keen on adding more wind. They (Like Liz Warren) have a plan. Governor Sununu is onboard (at least for offshore wind). 

And people wonder why we don’t want the government making more decisions about our lives.

| Bloomberg