I’d still rather see these than a new fossil fuel power plant. The windmills are destructive (yes, I’m aware of bird and bat kills, which can be minimized (not totally prevented)) only when something goes catastrophically wrong. The fossil fuel plants, with acids, coal ash, and greenhouse gases are destructive even when working okey-dokey.
I’m actually one of those weird liberals who sees nuclear power as part (PART!) of the solution. Of course, it would require third-generation designs, built to a standard pattern, built small so that when they wear out in 30 years it is not that big of a hit, and continually reprocessing fuel rather than burying it. Of course, that would require removing the profit motive from nuke plants which would be (gasp!) socialism.
I’m of the mind that would put a thousand children’s pinwheels on the roof, running little generators to recharge the battery banks in the basement. In an emergency the house could simply lift off and fly away.
I see that as a valid method for residential power. As the price of solar cells comes down, as well as the eggbeater windmills for backyards, this will (with government support) decentralize power production. The industrial and commercial power will still (most likely (unless there is a massive breakthrough in solar panel efficiencies)) require large production facilities through nuclear, hydroelectric ((riverene or tidal) small scale so it doesn’t fuck up the ecosystem even more) and geothermal.
In Wilkes-Barre, a guy had to fight for almost two years to put up an eggbeater in his backyard — low speed and small — which not only powers his house but adds about $100 per month (at today’s prices) to the local electrical grid. He was demonized by his neighbors — it’ll kill my little Fifi dog, etc.