Who knew wind energy has a mortality rate that mirrors mines and coal plants. Wind-works does.
WindStats has recently re-examined the mortality
data in light of wind’s rapidly expanding generation. The mortality rate
is a function of not simply the number of deaths, but the number of deaths
relative to the amount of electricity generated.
In the mid-1990s, 14 men had been killed on wind turbines or working
with wind energy. Since then six more have died, including the first member
of the public, a parachutist who literally flew into a turbine in Germany.
Total cumulative generation reached nearly 130 TWh from 1975 through
the year 2000. The number of deaths per TWh of cumulative generation steadily
dropped through the 1990s.
The high number of deaths in the USA may be connected to the typically
frantic nature of year-end, tax-subsidy driven installation booms.
The data clearly indicates that the wind industry will have to do
a better job at improving safety if it wants to live up to its promise of
being clean, green, and–benign.