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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

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 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.

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 20, 2024
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Cost of Wind: The Negative Economic Effects of Global Wind Energy Development

Author:  Dorrell, John; and Lee, Keunjae

Abstract: This paper provides a structured literature review of the negative economic effects associated with the development of wind energy and synthesized the evidence at an abstract level. We then developed an analytical framework to systematically review economic issues such as volatility, electricity price, housing values, and unemployment in relation to wind energy. Global wind energy development data from the time period from 2000 through 2019 were included for a more robust analysis. This period encompasses the vast majority of . . .

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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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