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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.

November 27, 2013 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Big’ wind disastrous

Anton Eberhard seems to want us to move from “big” coal and nuclear stations to “gigantic” wind and solar ones. (Urgent reforms are needed for responsive power sector, November 25). The result would be a disastrous rise in electricity prices and a disastrous fall in electricity reliability, as can be seen all around the world. To produce the same amount of electricity as Koeberg nuclear power station would require more than 2,800 gigantic wind turbines, each more than 100m high . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy ‘green’ label undeserved – Expert

The wind energy industry in South Africa does not have does not have a long enough track record to have earned the green label, says a local bat expert. “If it’s going to be killing bats and birds by their thousands, and we consider the services that these animals provide for the environment, then we really have to question how green is wind energy,” said UCT bat researcher, Dr David Jacobs. “The important thing is that we are operating with . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Insurance for wind farmers

Blades falling off trucks, a lack of wind, veld fires and labour disputes. These are just some risks associated with wind farm projects that can be insured against. It was announced last week that two more wind farms in the province, with a combined generation capacity of 199MW, have been successful as the preferred bidders in the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement programme (REIPPP). One of the wind farms will be constructed at Gibson Bay . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Havoc with loss of wind turbine blade

The Mentorskraal off-ramp heading into Jeffreys Bay was closed for several hours yesterday after a truck transporting the blade of a wind turbine, lost its load. Project manager for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm Leon Quinn confirmed the incident happened at about 7am yesterday. The road was reopened shortly before 2pm. The wind farm, which is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, is situated between Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp. “The incident involved one of the abnormal . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2013 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Fighting for our right to be consulted

With reference to George Meko’s letter, “Wind farm will benefit community” (October 21), I acknowledge that the proposed benefits to the poor and disadvantaged communities that Meko refers to, as a result of the envisaged profits generated, is a most laudable initiative. It is an utter disgrace that we have poor and underprivileged people in our democracy having to exist in such deprived and hopeless circumstances. Unfortunately, our “bankrupt and incompetent” metro cannot satisfy the service delivery needs of such . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Still no place for German wind turbines

Three years after the German city of Bremen donated two wind turbines to help spark renewable energy initiatives in Durban, they have yet to be installed as the city tries to find the ideal place which will not be detrimental to birds or bats. Stefan Reuter, director of the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, said the enviromental assessment would continue for a while yet, and the results should not be expected soon. “Wind energy is a new topic in . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Tilting at turbines set to continue in Court of Appeal

Blue Horizon Bay residents fighting the development of the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm are taking their battle to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Residents are committed to halting the development because they believe there was no public participation process. They also believe the wind farm on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth has potential negative health and environmental impacts for the village, which is nestled in a pristine nature conservancy. With five of the planned nine turbines already erected, an . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents lose appeal

Despite failing to stop the construction of the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm, residents of Blue Horizon Bay are committed to halting the development until their concerns are addressed. This week the residents also brought an application to the high court for a review of the refusal by the minister of environmental affairs to grant condonation of the late appeal against the department’s decision to authorise the final environmental impact report which cleared the way for the developers to construct . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine components transportation hazard

Massive components for another wind farm in the Eastern Cape will be transported from the Port of Ngqura next week. For the past two weeks components for nine wind turbines for the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm have been transported from the Coega port to the site near Blue Horizon Bay some kilometres west of Port Elizabeth. And from Monday, components for another wind farm will be transported further along the N2 to a wind farm between Jeffreys Bay and . . . Complete story »

July 1, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms ‘threatening’ species

Cape Town – Bird conservationists fear proposed wind farms in northern Lesotho will have a devastating impact on two highly endangered vulture species. They are the Bearded Vulture – known locally as the Lammergeier, and an iconic species in the Drakensberg – and the endemic Cape Vulture. Other species that will come under threat from wind farms in the Lesotho Highlands are the Black Stork, Southern Bald Ibis and Lanner Falcon. Ironically, last week the mountain kingdom was awarded World . . . Complete story »

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