As reported in The Aruba Herald, Parliament has given approval for the go ahead with the project. A sad decision
From The Herald:
A majority in Parliament voted "pro" the Urirama wind turbine project on Wednesday at the end of a meeting that took place over three days.
Parliament requested government, while the planning continues and construction begins, to pay careful attention, to safeguard and protect certain existing elements, including the Alto Vista Chapel and its surroundings.
ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME
an order to cease and desist has been issued until proper hearings/due process and permits obtained.
this topic of wind turbines, especially in the proposed area and the beginning of construction without permits has caused much discussion and dilemma with the residents. there are almost 1000 homes within just a few km of the proposed turbines.
the video is pretty interesting.
here it is, late august........where does this project stand?
is it a yay or nay or still tied up in the courts?
How is electricity made in Aruba now? Do they use diesel generators?
click the above link for the electric co. website
and there are 8 or 10 turbines already up an running.
QUOTE=vincep;248039]How is electricity made in Aruba now? Do they use diesel generators?[/QUOTE]
Last edited by vincep; 08-27-2013 at 11:26 PM.
On Aruba electrical energy is produced by steam driven turbine generators. The steam is produced by boilers which burn 'No. 6' heavy fuel oil. To meet the growing demand for power and increase efficiency also lowering the impact on the environment, the energy company has undertaken the "RECIPS" Engines projects, expanding the power generation capacity with 97 MW. In the near future a fuel change is planned from heavy fuel to natural gas, expansion of our wind power capacity also waste to energy and solar power are on the agenda.
Electricity is produced by the Water- en Energiebedrijf Aruba (WEB) N.V. The total power generating capacity of the steam turbines amounts to 149 megawatts. There is also a 22 megawatt gas turbine as a backup unit, while a 6.5 MW diesel generator serves as an emergency unit. WEB produced an average of which together with a contracted supply from the refining company, is sufficient to comply with the average demand of 102 MW (2012 est).
WEB delivers electricity to the distribution company N.V. Electriciteit-Maatschappij Aruba (Elmar).
Electricity is supplied at a 60-Hertz frequency, and at 127 and 220 volts. For regular household use there is the 127 volts and 220 volt for the (split) airconditioning units.
In 2004 a start was made with the development of a wind turbine Park at Vader Piet. More efficiency and less fuel is the result of this project which is the construction of a park of 10 wind turbines with a capacity each of 3 megawatt, for a total capacity of 30 megawatt. Considering the variables like wind intensity and velocity, it has been calculated that the park can generate an average of 18 megawatt per day. This is 18% of our daily average demand of approximately 102 Megawatt. A project that puts Aruba at the top of nations, in producing energy with the use of the wind as the source of energy.
A joint venture of European companies founded Wind turbine park Vader Piet N.V. that sells the electricity generated, exclusively to W.E.B. Aruba N.V. This is the format that made the construction for this wind park economically feasible. W.E.B. Aruba N.V. invested in putting in the cable from Vader Piet to the substation in San Nicolas. Additionally W.E.B. Aruba N.V. had a so called MER study of the impact on the environment made, before the start of the project. The construction of the wind turbine park was completed at the end of 2009. A green energy project that will reduce our dependency on fuel oil.
Last edited by vincep; 08-27-2013 at 11:29 PM.