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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 7, 2019 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine falls off truck causing delays for morning commuters

Morning commuters were at a standstill when a piece of a wind turbine fell off a truck in Pensacola. The police department tweeted a wind turbine fell off a truck on Hayne and Blount Street just over an hour ago. According to witnesses, the flatbed truck was making a turn and piece of the wind turbine just slide off blocking Hayne and Blount streets. At 9:18 a.m., Pensacola Police told Channel 3 News Blount was reopened but Hayne will remain . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2018 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Wales couple hopes to build wind turbine on property

A Polk County couple has their sights set high on building a wind turbine on their property. It would be the first ever in the county. And, they’re one step closer to doing it. Tuesday, Commissioners approved their request. Maurice Ramirez and Allison Sakara of Lake Wales know a thing or two about cutting energy costs. “The structure is coated with a ceramic acrylic that reflects sunlight,” Ramirez said about his home. “We have 81 solar panels producing just under . . . Complete story »


January 24, 2017 • Florida, Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Misinformation about wind power

As a resident of Block Island Rhode Island (and Cape Coral in the winter), I read the story about the Deepwater Wind offshore windfarm with great interest, but a few additional facts are needed. Our costs per kilowatt on the island go from a low of about 36 cents in winter to about 50 cents in the summer. In Cape Coral, my last LCEC bill was about 11 cents. What the story omitted was the fact that this project was . . . Complete story »


January 7, 2017 • Florida, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines threat to birds

Last week, the Obama administration approved regulations for the use of wind turbines that could potentially lead to the death of thousands of birds. Where is the outrage from the public, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club? In the last two years wind turbines have killed hundreds of thousands of birds, including eagles. Where is the publicity and outrage? If 100 ducks were oil slicked, it would be front-page news. If on the Crystal River I shoot seagulls, pelicans, . . . Complete story »


April 6, 2016 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers to tout renewable energy amendment

A group of state lawmakers launched an initiative Tuesday to educate voters on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable-energy devices similar to one given to residential property owners. Part of the education process will be to ensure voters know the proposal on the August primary ballot isn’t tied to a more controversial solar-energy amendment that will go before voters in November. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, said Tuesday that having the . . . Complete story »


A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »


May 20, 2015 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Department of Energy: Taller turbines would bring wind energy to Florida

Long dismissed as a wasteland by wind-energy producers, it turns out Florida does have enough breeze to generate lots of electricity – but it will take some reaching to get it, according to new federal findings. The U.S. Department of Energy released a report Tuesday that argues wind energy can spread from 39 states to the rest of the nation by installing taller generators. Those propellers on poles would have to be more than incrementally higher to tap profitable winds at . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2015 • Florida, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC approves Gulf Power’s wind project

Gulf Power on Tuesday received unanimous approval from the Florida Public Service Commission on an agreement that will make the utility a leading purchaser of wind generation among Florida utilities. The project, called Kingfisher Wind, will be built in central Oklahoma, where conditions are favorable for wind energy. The agreement is the first of its kind in the state. “Kingfisher Wind will help Gulf Power add renewable energy that makes environmental and economic sense,” said Jeff Rogers, external communications manager . . . Complete story »


January 28, 2015 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines not catching on in the Keys

In an area where most of the residents pride themselves on being environmentally aware, the Florida Keys often are a lab for sustainability. That includes using wind turbines to generate electricity. February will mark three years since Keys Energy Services, the electric company from the Seven Mile Bridge south through Key West, installed two at its Cudjoe Key substation. They don’t produce lots of energy, but they do produce energy. One is 63 feet tall and the other 35 feet. . . . Complete story »


July 7, 2014 • Florida, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy focusing on wind, sun projects outside Florida

The parent company of Florida Power & Light has just spun off a new company for big sun- and wind-energy projects, but don’t expect any of those ventures in South Florida soon. The NextEra Energy Group already ranks as the largest producer of wind and sun energy in North America, with huge wind farms in the Dakotas and massive solar arrays in the California desert. Big renewable-energy projects make the most economic sense in areas that have strong wind, steady . . . Complete story »


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