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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.

May 20, 2020 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Windy, but no windfall: Why Nevada lags behind in commercial wind power

Nevada is a big player in renewable energy. But while it ranks among the top five states for both solar and geothermal energy production, it lags well behind in wind energy production, where it falls 33rd. This fact surprised KUNR’s Benjamin Payne, who last year moved to Reno from his native Illinois. Whereas that state boasts more than 50 wind farms, Nevada has only one. He decided to look into this gap, and figure out why wind makes up such . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2019 • California, Nevada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Banned wind turbine infrasound articles became too hot for the Sierra Club to handle

One of Murphy’s Laws states, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Along those lines, after working without any compensation for months to uncover the most revealing, current scholarly studies, and thought-provoking news reports on the known health hazards associated with infrasound from industrial wind turbines, a two-part series of articles that was written at the Sierra Club’s request was suddenly retracted from one of their club’s magazines. Moreover, it was announced that the reason would not be revealed until December. This . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Large-scale solar, wind and geothermal developers hit project headwinds on public land

With Nevada and other Western states discussing ways to increase the use of renewables, a big question is lingering in the background: Where will all the new solar arrays, wind farms and geothermal plants go? The answer, at least in part: public land owned by the federal government. The question then becomes: Where? Because the federal government manages about 85 percent of the land in Nevada, large-scale solar, wind and geothermal developers are often looking to build projects on public . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2019 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

A bullet dodged: A catastrophic health hazard was ignored at the Crescent Peak Wind project site

High costs to taxpayers and damage to ecosystems are associated with industrial scale solar and wind energy but few public officials recognize the health hazards that exist when potentially dangerous soils are disturbed in geological hot spots such as those near the border of southern Nevada and California. Public health emergencies are declared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), yet only once has a human-made disaster caused a state of emergency to be declared. Most might guess that occurred at . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2018 • Nevada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Nevada may be too small to produce 50 percent of its own renewable energy as mandated by Question 6

Saving the Earth is a concept that proves relatively easy to sell to Nevadans when it comes to conservation ballot initiatives, since it would be difficult for any citizen to deny the damage inflicted annually by growing populations. Environmental observations and news reports cause concerned citizens to feel some responsibility and become willing to make sacrifices, but the actual amount of sacrifices are often withheld from general public knowledge. For this reason, an investigative look was made into the realities . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • Nevada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Whither renewable power after wind farm rejected?

The Bureau of Land Management has rejected a bid by a Swedish firm to construct a mammoth wind turbine project on the Nevada side of the border with California near Searchlight. The Crescent Peak Wind Project was to have covered 32,000 acres of public land with as many as 220 wind turbines standing 400 to 600 feet tall and generating 500 megawatts of power. The proposed site is adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve and the Castle Mountain National Monument . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2018 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Freedom of Information Act document reveals who shut down massive wind farm in southern Nevada

One week ago, Friday, November 30, when it was announced to the press that the Nevada BLM had terminated a proposed industrial wind turbine project that would have sprawled 22 miles on 32,351 acres of mostly virgin public lands, the decision sparked a mystery. Earlier Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents suggested the BLM was working with Crescent Peak Renewables, LLC (a subsidiary of Eolus Vind of Sweden), in an attempt to expedite the approval of the project, which meant . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2018 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM rejects massive Nev. project

The Bureau of Land Management has rejected a large-scale wind power project that proposed to string together hundreds of wind turbines, more than 400 feet tall, in an area of western Nevada directly adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve and the Castle Mountains National Monument. The decision comes just eight months after BLM announced it planned to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the Crescent Peak Wind Project proposed on 32,531 acres of public lands 10 miles west of . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2018 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM shoots down massive wind farm proposal in southern Nevada

Searchlight, Nevada – Numbers of renewable energy projects in southwestern desert areas have risen dramatically in the past ten years, therefore it came as a surprise on Friday afternoon, November 30, when the BLM announced the agency’s refusal to allow the Crescent Peak Wind Project (CPW) to be built on 32,351 acres of pristine southern Nevada wild lands. With North American headquarters in Reno, Eolus Vind is a Swedish wind farm developer who had earlier announced to the township of . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM rejects massive wind farm along California-Nevada border

Federal regulators have knocked the wind out of another renewable energy project planned for the desert west of Searchlight. The Bureau of Land Management has decided to reject a Sweden-based energy company’s application to build more than 200 turbines, each the height of a skyscraper, along a 22-mile stretch of the Nevada-California border. The project would have covered more than 32,500 acres of public land adjacent to two wilderness areas in Nevada and the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains . . . Complete story »

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