- Dimke: ‘I’m not going to retire’
- IMRF responds: Pay spiking against the rules
- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
Windmills are toys
For the last week, we have been in a heat wave. Our power usage is maxed out. And what are the windmills doing? Sitting idle. I have been watching the Grand Ridge windmills all week and driving past the Mendota Hills Wind Farm. They are not turning a majority of the time. They cannot be counted on as part of our power capacity, so we need to build reliable generation to make up for the renewable energy shortfall. It is like owning a classic car that you won’t drive in bad weather. You have to own another vehicle that you can count on. It costs a lot of money to own an extra car, just like it cost a lot of money to build windmills that are not needed. They are toys that the public is paying for.