Energy: Wind farms have localized heating effect

Summit County Citizens Voice

Research adds new twist to global warming, renewable energy equation

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Peach farmers in Palisade have long known that they can sometimes prevent frost damage to their tender trees by running giant fans to move the air and keep frost from settling near the ground.

Now, some new research from NASA shows a similar effect, but on a much larger scale. In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers suggest that large wind farms in certain areas in the United States appear to affect local land surface temperatures.

“This study indicates that land surface temperatures have warmed in the vicinity of large wind farms in west-central Texas, especially at night,” said Anjuli Bamzai, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, which funded the research.

The researchers cautioned against extrapolating the effect over larger regions or…

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