HREG July 29th Meeting minutes
- HREG July 29th Meeting minutes
Location: Room 225 at the TSU School of Technology from 2-4 pm
Attendees: Mike Ewert, Adam Ewert, Oral Lafleur, Charles Mauch, James Ferrill,
David Baugh, Ricki Baugh, Arved Plaks, Linda and Tak Kahto, Gene Carway,
Mike gave a brief description of the new deregulation of the electric
companies. He passed out flyers for Green Mountain if anyone was
interested. He said he was going to try and make Roundup at Fredericksburg
this year, September 28th - 30th. Mike also said he was invited to appear
on a panel hosted by BP regarding environmental issues.
It was decided that the group would pursue the purchase of a power meter,
which could be checked out by group members for a month at a time to
measure energy use by different appliances in their homes.
Our featured speaker for the evening was Mr. Arved Plaks, a retired Boeing
engineer, who helped develop giant wind turbines. Jonathan Clemens met him
through the Sierra Club and he graciously agreed to come talk to the
Houston Renewable Energy Group. Mr. Plaks gave a slide show showing the
advancement and use of wind energy from ancient times to the present.
A few things I gleaned from the presentation were:
- Wind energy solutions have to be cost-effective if they are to be successful.
- Mr. Plaks describes himself as the Estonian with the Dutch accent :-)
- Many of the first windmills in use in Europe and the US were post-style
- Even the ancient Persians used wind power.
- A picture from 1210 AD shows an early picture of a windmill in use.
- Subsidies for renewables existed even in revolutionary times, so why not now?
- GE built an early 1 MW wind generator in Bonne called the MOD-1.
- The MOD-2 followed, with a capacity of 2.5 MW.
- Since then, many designs have come and gone.
- The farm of choice now seems to be many smaller units rather than a few
very large ones.
- This allows easier maintenance on tilt-up towers when a unit is taken out
Internet links: www.powertochoose.org
The meeting concluded at 4pm.