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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

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 »

April 24, 2014 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Florida candidate Crist courts green vote without mentioning green costs

Call it a green energy pledge for greenbacks. Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, a Democrat, has vowed to use his future authority as governor to impose renewable energy standards similar to the 20 percent mandate he championed when last serving as Florida’s chief executive. That much Crist made clear at a recent solar energy rally at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. The event was sponsored by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. “Right now we’re not utilizing . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2014 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines now spinning at Hilton hotel

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort officially powered up six wind turbines Wednesday that are expected to help reduce its energy consumption and costs. The wind turbines were installed on the rooftop of the 25-story hotel in September and have been undergoing final inspections and tests to get them ready. “We tested them last week, and they worked great and looked great,” General Manager Andreas Ioannou said Wednesday shortly before festivities kicked off to launch operations. “It’s an exciting day . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2013 • Editorials, FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

A double standard for saving birds

When the bird rescue people rescue birds, they don’t just tend to their wounds, hand-feed and shelter them. They name them. For example, there’s Norman, an eastern screech owl rescued by the Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at the Texas State Aquarium. Birds also receive considerable protection from the federal government. Citgo learned this the hard way when the government prosecuted the company for contributing to the deaths of four cormorants, five pelicans and 25 ducks at one of its . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2013 • Florida, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Attention, birds of the Everglades: Avoid the windmills!

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – When you think of Florida, you probably think of sun, not wind. But if things keep marching along, Palm Beach County is going to become the wind capital of the Sunshine State. Last month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection approved an environmental permit for a company to build 114 wind turbines – each of them far taller than the Statue of Liberty – on 13,000 acres of farmland east of Belle Glade. We’re talking about a metallic . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2013 • Florida, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Good news for birds as Everglades wind farm scrapped

And now, a Thanksgivukkah miracle for the birds: This week, Wind Capital Group announced that it will not move forward with the Sugarland Wind Farm, a project that would have placed 124 Statue of Liberty-sized wind turbines in the Everglades Agricultural Area. A consultant for Wind Capital Group cited to “market issues” and the lack of economic incentives for renewable energy in Florida as the reason. In a way, this is a shame. Renewable energy is the future and we . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2013 • FloridaPrint storyE-mail story

Builders of proposed wind farm drop plans

Developers of a disputed energy-producing wind farm have dropped their plans to build 500-foot-tall turbines on the edge of the Everglades, a project representative confirmed Tuesday. Environmental groups long opposed allowing the Sugarland Wind project to be built on western Palm Beach County farmland. Opponents argued that its towering, whirling blades posed too great a risk to endangered wood storks, Everglades snail kites and other migrating birds. Despite the risk to birds, the Palm Beach County Commission last year allowed . . . Complete story »

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