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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 9, 2015 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine test targets Skidaway

Within the next few months, Georgia Power plans to install small-scale wind turbines on Skidaway Island to research the viability of this renewable energy in the Peach State. The demonstration project calls for up to four turbines, three of them less than 100 feet high at the hub and a fourth about 140 feet at the hub to test higher altitude winds. There will also be a meteorological tower. The siting of the project at Georgia Power’s preferred coastal site . . . Complete story »

Interstate wind transmission project gets key federal approval

The proposed 700-mile power line to bring Oklahoma wind energy 700 miles to Tennessee has received a key federal approval, the company behind the transmission project reported Tuesday. Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC has gained approval to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate agreements for 100 percent of the line’s capacity. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave approval for the project that hopes to deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Georgia Power studying possible wind turbines on Georgia’s coast or off Tybee’s shore

Tybee Island earlier this year decided to pass on wind energy for the beach community, but the potential for wind turbines on the island or a few miles off its coast in the future still exists. About five months after Tybee elected to forgo a controversial wind turbine an unnamed corporation offered to provide mostly free of charge, officials with Georgia Power and other agencies from across the state met in Savannah to discuss wind energy’s future. “The question we’re . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tybee scraps plans for wind turbine

Tybee’s turbine is gone with the wind. A new analysis of installing and operating a donated wind turbine on Tybee indicates it wouldn’t be as beneficial as first described. Tybee council member Paul Wolff has removed the proposal from the Feb. 27 city council agenda. “After digging a little deeper into the economics, the wind speed was lower and the offset power rate was lower,” said Wolff, who had championed the idea. “Had one remained constant it would still have . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tybee weighs turbine’s effects on birds

Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee’s, where these small shorebirds are known to visit. First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Could Tybee’s proposed wind turbine kill endangered birds

TYBEE ISLAND, GA – There are lingering questions after Monday night’s town hall meeting discussing a proposed wind turbine on Tybee Island, including whether it could kill endangered birds. The proposed turbine would be placed at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. But Timothy Keyes with the Department of Natural Resources told Tybee’s City Council that the location could threaten endangered wildlife, specifically Piping Plover. “If you look at the sighting, if you look at the federally designated critical habitat of . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Tybee residents discuss wind turbine

Tybee residents came out in dozens Monday night to a public meeting to discuss a proposed wind turbine. Tybee could get the turbine for free donated by the manufacturer, and would pay about $134,000 to install it, but is it something that residents want? The city’s idea is to use the wind turbine to power the treatment plant, saving the city an estimated $400,000 in electricity bills over 20 years. One problem: the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says scores . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

On Tybee, the question is blowin’ in the wind

About 100 people packed Tybee Island’s City Hall Monday night to hear about a 50-kilowatt wind turbine offered to the beach town for free. “We have a unique opportunity to invest our tax dollars in our future with very minimal investment because this is a gift,” said Councilman Paul Wolff, who has negotiated thus far in private with an international corporation for the wind turbine, an Endurance E-3120 model valued at $272,000. To some, it’s a no-brainer to accept the . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2014 • Georgia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine’s power? Equal to ’50s VW

Regarding your Sunday article about the gift of a 50-kilowatt wind turbine to the City of Tybee, to put the proposed gift of a 50-kilowatt wind turbine to the city of Tybee into terms anyone can understand, 50 kilowatts is about the amount of power (67 horsepower) of a 1950s Volkswagen. Who in their right mind would spend $134,000 for a Volkswagen that would only run 40 percent to 60 percent of the time (i.e. produce power) regardless of how . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine is Tybee’s for the taking

When Tybee Island council member Paul Wolff learned in August of a 50-kilowatt wind turbine that needed a home, he knew he wanted it for his beach community. An international corporation had warehoused the turbine after a Wisconsin community to which it had been offered got negative feedback. Wolff, a champion of environmental innovations on Tybee, wasted no time in approaching the corporation’s representative at the Georgia Environmental Conference on Jekyll Island. “I said, ‘What are you going to do . . . Complete story »

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