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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.


July 12, 2021 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Rare birds found at site of planned wind farm in Hokkaido

Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area. The Wild Bird Society of Japan and other nature groups said the project, by a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., should be scrapped to protect the rare birds’ natural habitat. “I would like company officials to fully grasp the significance of the newly discovered habitat,” . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2021 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Caught in a maze of deadly power lines, a great Indian bird struggles for survival

When India was choosing its national bird in the early 1960s, the late Dr Salim Ali, the country’s preeminent ornithologist, backed an unlikely candidate – the great Indian bustard (GIB). Its numbers were falling and Dr Ali felt the exalted status would accord one of India’s heaviest flying birds the protection it rightfully deserved. But the choice was shot down as some felt its name, just a vowel away from an expletive, would invite affronts to India’s pride. So it . . . Complete story »


July 11, 2021 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy projects threaten the last refuges of the endangered great Indian bustard

As you approach Pokhran, the skyline is taken over by giants. They are wind turbines and lofty steel towers that stand tall against the yellow sand dunes, making the landscape look like a dystopian Lego town. The tops of the towers are painted a menacing red; they stand tall as if holding hands with the power lines. Close to Pokhran, where India once flexed its nuclear muscle, a new power struggle is emerging in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. This . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2021 • TaiwanPrint storyE-mail story

TPP calls for review of wind farm regulations

The government should consider the impact of offshore wind farms on shipping, fisheries and marine life before allowing energy developers to build more installations, Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) lawmakers and experts said on Wednesday. The government plans to phase out all nuclear power generation facilities and generate 20 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, including 5.7 gigawatts (GW) from offshore wind power. From 2026 to 2035, it plans to source an additional 15GW from offshore wind farms. . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2021 • China, TaiwanPrint storyE-mail story

Taiwan monitors impact of Chinese wind turbine project

Taiwan People’s Party Legislator Tsai Pi-ru (蔡壁如) has expressed concern the Chinese offshore wind turbines under construction 7 nautical miles (13 kilometers) south of the Matsu Islands will affect the wellbeing of Matsu residents and the local marine environment. Tsai submitted an inquiry to the Cabinet, stating that China’s Funeng Strait Company will operate 30 Dongfang Electric Wind Power 10-megawatt wind turbines at the Changle offshore wind farm, Liberty Times reported. The site, she noted, is close to Matsu’s waters, . . . Complete story »


June 19, 2021 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

If our green energy plans will threaten our biodiversity, they’re not ‘green’

An article recently published in Bloomberg took a vicious swipe at the great Indian bustard, a protected species in India. Through an insensitive diatribe, the article suggested that the bird’s habitat in Rajasthan and its special status are increasing mitigation costs for power companies looking to make a quick buck with solar panels in the Thar. The article passes off the bustard’s habitats as ‘wastelands’ that we would all be foolish to not exploit for solar or wind power. The . . . Complete story »


June 12, 2021 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

China to stop subsidies for new solar power stations, onshore wind projects in 2021

China will no longer grant subsidies for new solar power stations, distributed solar projects by commercial users or onshore wind projects from the central government budget in 2021, the state planner said in a statement on Friday. Electricity generated from the new projects will be sold at local benchmark coal-fired power prices or at market prices, the statement said. The new rule will take effective from Aug. 1. Complete story »


June 9, 2021 • Blogs, ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

Apple’s Uyghur dilemma grows

Apple is investing in wind farms in China as it develops a carbon neutral supply chain. But the company’s wind partner in China has links to the repression of minority Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Apple faces mounting scrutiny of its China-based supply chain after an investigation by The Information, in partnership with the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), found that seven Apple suppliers had ties to suspected forced labor of Uyghurs from the Xinjiang region. Now, new research by TTP is highlighting . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2021 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Victim of police privacy breach warns against new data laws

In July 2014, Miwa learned that his movements were being watched by local police and the information on him was passed on to a subsidiary of Chubu Electric Power Co. The subsidiary was planning to construct a wind power facility in Miwa’s community. So, Miwa and some like-minded neighbors opposed to the wind farm met to discuss the matter. It turned out that Ogaki Police Station officers kept a close eye on their meetings and shared the information with employees of the Chubu Electric subsidiary. Complete story »


April 28, 2021 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing in the wind: Fishermen threaten South Korea carbon plans

Resource-poor South Korea wants to spend billions on wind power to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but its plans are being delayed by fishermen who say the fight against climate change threatens their catches. The centrepiece of the scheme is what the government says will be the world’s biggest offshore wind power complex. The eight-gigawatt farm off Sinan in the country’s southwest will help the South become one of the world’s top five offshore wind energy powerhouses by the end . . . Complete story »


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