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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:  June 29, 2024
Economics, Minnesota, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

High Cost of 100 Percent Carbon-Free Electricity by 2040

Author:  Orr, Isaac; Rolling, Mitch; and Phelan, John | Economics, Minnesota, Technology

Governor Walz’s proposal would cost Minnesota $313 billion through 2050 and lead to blackouts. Executive Summary Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s proposal for a 100 percent carbon-free electric grid by 2040 will cost Minnesota families and businesses an additional $313.2 billion (in constant 2022 dollars) through 2050, compared to operating the current electric grid. Minnesota electricity customers will see their electricity expenses increase by an average of nearly $3,888 per year, every year, through 2050. According to the economic modeling software . . .

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Date added:  May 28, 2024
Emissions, Technology, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

How offshore wind drives up global carbon emissions

Author:  Wojick, David; and Driessen, Paul | Emissions, Technology, U.S.

Executive Summary Offshore wind facilities are enormously expensive and environmentally destructive. The primary purported justification for constructing them is to reduce “carbon” (carbon dioxide or CO₂) emissions and save the planet from “catastrophic climate change.” However, this justification is not just built on a false premise, but adding offshore wind to a state’s energy mix will most likely also increase global CO₂ emissions. That means the net emission benefits are hugely negative, as are other net environmental and economic effects. . . .

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Date added:  May 10, 2024
Economics, Siting, Technology, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Seasonal variability of wake impacts on US mid-Atlantic offshore wind plant power production

Author:  Rosencrans, David; et al. | Economics, Siting, Technology, U.S.

Abstract. Wind turbines and wind plants create wakes, or regions of reduced wind speed, that may negatively affect downwind turbines and plants. We evaluate wake variability and annual energy production with the first yearlong modeling assessment using the Weather Research and Forecasting model, deploying 12 MW turbines across the domain at a density of 3.14 MW km−2, matching the planned density of 3 MW km−2. Using a series of simulations with no wind plants, one wind plant, and complete build-out of lease areas, we calculate . . .

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Date added:  March 30, 2024
Massachusetts, Noise, Regulations, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Pile Driving Noise Survey

Author:  Rand, Robert | Massachusetts, Noise, Regulations, Wildlife

Recent whale and dolphin fatalities on the Eastern seaboard, coupled with concerns about the acoustic impact of offshore wind farm construction, prompted an independent investigation to measure and assess underwater noise emissions from pile driving activities. Specifically, this assessment focused on the operations of the pile driving vessel Orion within the Vineyard Wind project area, with recordings taken in the waters southeast of Nantucket Island. Key Findings: Pile driving noise, even with advanced noise-mitigation techniques, rivals the loudness and frequency . . .

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