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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 28, 2017 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Untrue renewable points

Every point made by Dirk de Vos and Nicole Loser for renewable energy and against “base load power” is not only wrong but the inverse of the truth (Need for base load power is a pro-Eskom fabrication, February 24). Eskom’s “opposition to renewables” is because of the simple fact that the renewable electricity it is forced to buy is ruinously expensive and horribly unreliable. Eskom’s half-year report, ending September 30 2016, shows it is compelled to buy bad wind and solar . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2016 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable power ‘just raises Eskom’s costs’

Public opinion may back an increasing proportion of renewable energy being plugged into South Africa’s power grid, but Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says further independent renewable power production will be impractical and what he really needs is nuclear energy. Molefe on Friday was defending a decision by Eskom this week to stop signing new agreements with independent power producers. According to Molefe, the push for renewables from the industry was based on the integrated resource plan of 2011 which was . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2015 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Town professor’s research picks holes in claims about wind energy

Professor Philip Lloyd works at the Energy Institute at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He recently sent me a copy of a paper he had written, entitled ‘An Assessment of the Impact of Wind Energy on Energy Supply’. The paper addresses a number of concerns that power system engineers have with wind energy. Putting aside the visual and noise impact of wind turbines (and bird and bat strike), there is the matter that wind energy is often referred to . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2015 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Green or not, problems with wind turbines continue

It is regarded as heresy, only to be whispered furtively in dark corners, to say there are significant problems with wind generators. When they are raised, they tend to be brushed aside by governments that enjoy spending taxpayers’ money on subsidising their construction, and, naturally by those who benefit from their sale and construction. So fixed has the idea of alternate “clean” energy become that half-page ads are placed in newspapers to brag about it. Those who believe wind generators . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2015 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Poison and power lines hit vultures

Cape Town – When scientists attached tracking devices to 21 endangered bearded vultures in the Drakensberg, they did not expect that almost half the birds would be killed by poison and power lines during their study. Of the 10 dead birds, one was killed by an electric power line and the other nine by eating carcasses laced with poison. Sonja Krüger, lead author of the study, which was published in the ornithological journal Condor this month, said the poisons were . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Last bearded vultures seek survival in Dragon Mountain home

The last bearded vultures in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains are imperiled by unintended poisoning by farmers and traditional healers who believe that consuming parts of the birds brings luck and prosperity. Add to those threats plans for a 42-turbine wind farm on the Lesotho side of the range whose name in Afrikaans means Dragon Mountains. Scientists say the energy project endangers a shrinking habitat for the 350 surviving vultures. Conservationists have strapped solar-powered trackers to some of the birds, enabling . . . Complete story »

October 22, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Grid problems cause South African delay

The South African government has confirmed that a lack of grid capacity and state utility Eskom’s inability to fund the necessary upgrades has been the primary reason behind the postponement of financial close on 878MW of projects. The seven projects, which were selected under round three of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producers programme (REIPPP), were supposed to reach financial close on 30 July. However, Eskom is concerned that it does not have sufficient funds to complete the required . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Headwind hits renewable energy

Driving north on the N10 past what once was elephant territory of the Eastern Cape, vervet monkeys forage alongside the road, monitor lizards sun themselves. Curiously, the further away you get from the windy city of Port Elizabeth – moving closer to the small town of Cookhouse – the more rapidly the steel blades on the windmills along the road spin. It certainly is a good day to visit a wind farm, especially Africa’s largest wind farm, with an installed . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2014 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposing wind generators is not anti-green

The intolerance of dissenting views by the Green Lobby is an unpleasant aspect of some of its members. They are perhaps unaware that tolerance of difference is a pillar of democracy and essential to individual freedom. But, whatever the reasons for vitriolic attacks on those against wind generators, environmentalists should take a closer look at Scottish opposition. The most prominent in Scotland is the Windfarm Action Group. This group firmly states that everyone should take environmental responsibilities seriously. Whatever the . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over Addo road closures

Road closures related to the transportation of wind turbine components have left members of the hospitality industry in and around Addo fuming. Components en route to the Grassridge Wind Farm, situated along the R335 between Port Elizabeth and Addo, will be loaded onto abnormally large trucks at the Port of Ngqura. Some roads between the harbour and the farm will be closed for short periods in the morning. But various tourist destinations and accommodation providers, including the Addo Elephant National . . . Complete story »

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