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Wind Power News: Opinions


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.

June 29, 2022 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Boards should not follow any recommendations on ordinances from Apex

The brochure from Apex Clean Energy, (the entity trying to bring industrial wind turbines to Montcalm County), makes claims regarding conservation, property values and property rights. One claim is that the company works in consultation with environmental agencies and uses conservation measures to ensure that wind projects have no significant effects on bird/bat populations. Why, then, must landowners leave the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? CRP is a conservation program in which farmers receive yearly payments to remove environmentally sensitive land . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2022 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Borrego turbines are too close to local wildlife refuge areas

Recently the Town of Shelby hosted a meeting to seek public opinion about a proposed pair of 650-foot-tall wind turbines along Route 63 just south of Medina. We were given very brief notice about this meeting and the proposed site is on the land of the Shelby town supervisor (what? that doesn’t sound right!). I attended the meeting and listened to a lot of theories and promises by the individuals who represented the developer, California-based Borrego (which doesn’t sound like . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2022 • Delaware, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Viewpoint: Offshore wind won’t reduce CO2 emissions

I continued my ongoing analysis of electric generation in the PJM regional grid where Delaware is a participant. I wanted to share the results of how much wind and solar power was generated in the region from 2019 to 2021. From 2019 to 2021, wind and solar power generation increased by 30% but had no impact on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).PJM is the largest regional grid in the country, serving 65 million people in thirteen mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states generating . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2022 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t endanger aquatic ecosystems in the name of solving climate change

In late May, the Environmental Protection Agency revived proceedings under the Clean Water Act that, if finalized, would prevent destructive copper and gold mining in one of the world’s most valuable salmon watersheds: Bristol Bay, Alaska. As members of the nation’s fishing and seafood industries, we applaud this move and urge the EPA to finalize robust watershed protections as swiftly as possible. Bristol Bay produces 50 percent of the world’s sockeye salmon, which in turn support 15,000 fishing and seafood . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2022 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland’s offshore wind project is a $4 billion boondoggle

Offshore wind power is coming here! Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (CEJA) mandates the procurement of at least 1,200 megawatts of in-state offshore wind by 2030. Because offshore wind is one of the most expensive forms of renewable energy, this requirement will increase the electric bills of Maryland’s residential and small-business electricity consumers (large consumers are exempt). Considering how expensive this energy is, wouldn’t the logical decision be to build just the minimum capacity required to comply with . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2022 • New Zealand, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Caution needed in the rush to embrace wind farm solutions to climate change

As climate breakdown and the need to get off fossil fuels intensify, so too is the push for renewable energies. A recent story on how Taranaki’s wind could solve the country’s energy crisis painted an enticing future. Yet caution is needed. Firstly, there’s a difference between solving the country’s energy crisis and climate change. Building hundreds of offshore wind turbines may address some of Aotearoa’s energy problems, but it won’t necessarily reduce total emissions to a meaningful level or in . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2022 • Idaho, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

150 people reject Magic Valley, ID wind turbine proposal

A foul wind blew across the Magic Valley on Thursday. An even fouler mood descended on Jerome. An overflow crowd objected to the Lava Ridge Wind Project. It could become the largest wind energy project in the world. The electricity generated would be shipped to Clark County, Nevada, and Southern California. Those who would find turbines in their backyards would get a spoiled landscape. Public input may have little impact. The federal bureaucrats making the decision don’t need your votes. . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2022 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Unintended consequence: Wind turbines are impacting the health of Ontarians

There is a real possibility of a future with hundreds of Industrial Wind Turbines (IWTs) surrounding the greater Ottawa area. Quite a picture. Let me tell you a story. I live in the small community of North Stormont, just south of Ottawa. I have lived and worked in the Ottawa area for 25 years. The call of a rural life was strong when I bought our home in this peaceful community. I had hoped to retire here. I loved it . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Have Montcalm County planners lost their way?

Historically the Montcalm County Planning Commission has encouraged townships to preserve the natural beauty and rural character of our community. However, over the past year, commission members have been critical of wind ordinances developed by Sidney, Pine, and Maple Valley townships that were designed to do just that. (See Daily News June 23, 2021, March 9, 2022, and May 5, 2022) In addition, they have heaped praise on Winfield Township’s draft wind ordinance that would allow wind turbines with no . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • England, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Farm Blog: Major landscape changes could be here soon

The landscape of southern Britain could soon look quite different, even bearing in mind the massive changes already made. Construction of large solar farms, which merit their own symbol on Ordnance Survey maps, has continued at a pace and anyone driving up the A34 just to the north of Winchester can’t fail to have noticed the massive solar structures being installed there. These panels are just a stone’s throw from the pumps that extract oil from one of the many . . . Complete story »

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