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Photo Friday: Winter Wind in Palm Springs

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This photo of wind turbines near Palm Springs, California, USA and Joshua Tree National Park was taken in December 2013.

Photo credit: This photo was taken by vxla and found using Creative Commons, used under this license.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. Uncle.Al 2:24 pm 12/20/2013

    I’ve driven through it. About 15% are inoperative at any given time. Let’s see a spreadsheet for Officially estimated vs. real world performance, costs, and net retained revenue.

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  2. 2. Percival 12:13 am 12/22/2013

    I’ve driven through it too, and the first thing that came to mind was “what effect on the weather do they have by extracting energy from the wind?” and you know, I can’t seem to find any information on that. I’d think that would be included in environmental impact reports before they were built.

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