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Resource Documents: Economics (217 items)


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Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  October 1, 2023
Australia, Economics, Environment, Noise, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Key environmental factors for offshore windfarm environmental impact assessment

Author:  Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, AustraliaDepartment of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Australia

Underwater noise – Mortality, injury and behavioural effects Turbine interactions – Injury and mortality to birds and bats Electromagnetic fields Seabed disturbance – Loss of/harm to benthic habitats Disturbance of underwater cultural heritage Physical presence – Effects on hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes Physical presence – Barrier effects and displacement of marine fauna Light emissions Vessel interactions – Injury and mortality to marine fauna Invasive marine species Physical presence – Socioeconomic: interference/displacement of existing uses Physical presence – Socioeconomic: seascapes . . .

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Date added:  July 31, 2023
EconomicsPrint storyE-mail story

Debunking the claim that “solar and wind are cheaper than fossil fuels”

Author:  Epstein, Alex

If a company has a TV set that’s as good as others, but cheaper, they win by selling their cheaper TVs on the market. They don’t ask government to ban other TVs, to mandate their TV, or to give them hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Date added:  July 4, 2023
Economics, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Comments of Independent Ratepayer Advocates

Author:  Stacy, Tom; and Taylor, George

Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission— Modernizing Wholesale Electricity, Docket No. AD21-10-000 We offer comments here primarily to the Commission’s April 21, 2022 Order Directing Reports because the Order appears to focus on seeking supply solutions to the expensive and avoidable supply side problems of Variable Energy Resources (VERs) instead of focusing on the interests of consumers by leveling and broadening the venues in which generating resources compete and cooperate. … We wish to emphasize the importance of resource cooperation. Requiring . . .

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Date added:  April 10, 2023
Economics, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Death of a Wind Farm

Author:  Orr, Isaac; and Rolling, Mitch

[Summary] The Nobles wind farm has already been repowered after just 12 years in service. Repowering wind projects allows them to requalify for the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which expires after the first 10 years of a project’s life [“The primary motivations for partial repowering have been to re-qualify for the PTC” —U.S. Department of Energy (Land-Based Wind Market Report: 2022 Edition). Data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that the wind facilities repowered in 2021 ranged in . . .

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