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Wind Power News: November 2004

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 17, 2004 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Dr Iser conducts survey on wind power station effects

Promontory district medical practitioner and South Gippsland Shire Medical Officer of Health Dr David Iser has conducted his own confidential survey on the health effects of living near a wind power station. Dr Iser said he was prompted to undertake such a study because “it has been brought to my attention that there may be adverse health effects caused to people living in close proximity to wind power stations. “A literature review of studies overseas has shown that while there . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2004 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm protesters 'confident of victory'

Protesters fighting proposals for a windfarm on Orton and Tebay’s horizon are confident they can win the public inquiry next year. Local campaigners and energy giants The Renewable Development Company (RDC) are to lock horns at a public inquiry on April 19 in the final battle over the proposed Whinash Windfarm development. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Patricia Hewitt has just announced the date for the much-anticipated public inquiry a move that has been welcomed on both sides . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2004 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens Sue Norton for Wildlife Death Information

Charleston, WV—Twenty citizen groups from around the country are supporting a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary, Gale Norton, by the Friends of Blackwater.  The lawsuit charges that Norton has refused to turn over documents relating to wildlife deaths and injuries from wind turbines. “Department of Interior has not justified withholding these important documents,” said Judy Rodd, Executive Director of Friends of Blackwater.   Rodd said, “ We deeply appreciate the support we . . . Complete story »

November 5, 2004 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine lorry gets stuck in lane

Furious anti-wind turbine campaigners have described how a lorry which will be used for transporting wind turbine components into the Westcountry became jammed in a rural lane during a trial run to Devon’s first windfarm. As work on the Bradworthy site accelerated, residents in the small community in North Devon said they had witnessed precisely the scenes they had feared for months. Members of Bradworthy Lobby Opposing Turbines (BLOT) said the telescopic lorry got stuck for at least 20 minutes . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2004 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

House price chill in the wind

But a survey published today has supported many residents' fears; that windfarms have a negative impact on house prices. Complete story »

November 1, 2004 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A Balanced Approach to Commercial Wind Energy Development in Virginia

..modern commercial wind projects present their own set of environmental problems due to the massive scale and numbers of the turbines, the high wind-energy potential of our ecologically sensitive mountain ridges and coastal waters, and the absence of any reliable pre-development assessment process. Complete story »

November 1, 2004 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines are Part of the Solution but a Small Part

And, while I agree with Mr. Shutkin that wind power, as a source of clean and renewable energy, should and will play a role in our future energy portfolio, its role will necessarily be small because of its fundamental limitation as an energy source: wind power is ‘intermittent’, i.e. it provides energy only when the wind blows, and, as such, wind power is a source of supplemental, not ‘base load’ energy. Complete story »

November 1, 2004 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Many Questions about Wind Must be Answered

All too often I hear an enthusiastic statement that wind generators will replace the power plant and become the singular source of our energy supply. Despite what the infrequent visitor to western Kansas may think, the wind does not always blow. Consumers want to turn on the television or do the wash at any time, illustrating that the demand for electricity is present even when the wind is not blowing. Complete story »

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