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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 20, 2020 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Eminent domain is not for sale in Missouri

Imagine if Warren Buffett wanted to build a private toll road across northern Missouri. The billionaire would charge cars $100 apiece to race from his home city of Omaha, Nebraska, to Nashville, Tennessee, pocketing a huge chunk of profit on each trip. He might call it the “Music City Express.” Unfortunately, the toll road would have no exits in Missouri. Cars could only get on in Nebraska and exit in Tennessee. No local residents could use it at all. Even . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Passero still is sweating details of Lamont’s bad wind deal

I don’t ever remember a moment, while listening to a Connecticut politician, more cringeworthy than when Gov. Ned Lamont declared, after signing a blank check last week to rebuild State Pier for a Danish utility, that New London might become the “Saudi Arabia of wind power.” I’ll set aside the obvious insult to Democratic ideals here, aspiring to emulate a totalitarian monarchy that disrespects women. It’s offensive, even in jest. Maybe Lamont likes the Saudis for the way they are . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar panels pose waste issues

Bloomberg Energy this month issued an attention-grabbing report on a serious waste problem with wind turbines: Retired turbine blades are clogging up landfills. This problem is only going to get worse, as Bloomberg reports, because right now the blades at the end of their lifespan are from wind power built more than a decade ago. There’s been a fivefold increase in installing wind turbines since, powered in large part by federal and state incentives and mandates. If you enjoy John . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • New Jersey, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

A fowl wind blows offshore

The cumulative impacts of offshore wind development zones has been the primary delay for the wind industry. Around the world the process has been build the wind turbines, mitigate the known damages, and monitor the impacts. There are now wind farm sites that will not be redeveloped since studies have shown the true electrical output, the excessive cost that can not be raised without public funds, the environmental degradation, and impacts on production Agriculture and the harvesters, all combined exceeding . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Adding massive new windmills above Whitewater Canyon will defile area

This is to express our opposition to the proposed re-powering of two existing commercial wind projects in Riverside County. The proposed Mesa Wind Project will put up to 11 500-foot-tall wind turbines with red blinking lights on the mountain ridgeline above Whitewater Canyon Road. These will loom awkwardly above an ancient Teshana Wanakik settlement at Bonnie Bell Lodge and some of the most beautiful land in the world: the Whitewater Preserve and the Sand to Snow National Monument. The Teshana Wanakik . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Allen County, Kansas, learns a wind farm lesson

Contractors and landowners who hired on for the construction of wind turbines in the Prairie Queen turbine generation field in Allen County have gotten their first lesson in the economic morals of wind farms. That lesson is this: If they don’t want to pay you what they owe, they just don’t. That’s reflected in a whole slew of liens filed against the properties of landowners there who leased turbine sites to EDP Renewables for the skyline obliterating construction project. And . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Good news, bad news on offshore wind

The offshore wind industry took one step forward and one step backward on Tuesday. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said its review of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project would be completed by June 12 and a final decision on the project issued by December 18 – 15 months later than originally projected. That delay, caused by the need to do a cumulative impact analysis of wind farms going up all along the East Coast, is a setback . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2020 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Pier remake could cost state three times $93 million estimate

Tuesday morning, Gov. Ned Lamont plans what I would have to call the most egregious overreach of executive power and assault on open public governing I’ve ever seen. And I’m old. It’s hard to know exactly what will unfold at a special meeting today of the board of Lamont’s stepchild, the corrupt and dysfunctional Connecticut Port Authority, because the governor, incredibly, won’t disclose the deals he plans for them to vote on. An agenda for the meeting posted late Friday . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2020 • Missouri, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Legislature should pass eminent domain protection

A recent editorial in The Missouri Times referred to the Grain Belt Express Transmission Line as an “Investment in Missouri,” citing the creation of 1,500 jobs and the promise of low cost electricity. When the Grain Belt Express was first proposed, the Missouri Public Service Commission turned down the project because there were not enough perceived benefits to Missouri. In the second proposal, the private company proposing the project, added an off ramp for some power in eastern Missouri and . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2020 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The rising cost of Lamont’s State Pier plan is secret

I don’t know which is worse, the fact that Gov. Ned Lamont is planning in secret to spend probably millions of dollars more than the $35 million already promised for its share of a rebuild of State Pier for exclusive use by a rich Danish conglomerate, or that Connecticut lawmakers don’t seem to care. Worse, it appears the governor is agreeing to a blank check for overruns on a project first estimated at $93 million. Is the sky the limit? . . . Complete story »

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