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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.

July 9, 2022 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Canned climate official was right, consumers suffer the most

Remember David Ismay? He was the state’s $130,000 a year climate change czar – a mini-John Kerry – who was forced to resign after he was inadvertently caught telling the truth. He revealed how the Green anti-fossil-fuel movement wants to punish you to save the planet. Ismay, speaking to a virtual meeting of the Vermont Climate Council last year on gas and oil emissions, said, “Sixty percent of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you – the person across the . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2022 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Details of Connecticut’s newest ethics snafu remain secret

Trouble shrouded in mystery continues to infest the Connecticut Port Authority. The Office of State Ethics reached an agreement with CPA contractor Seabury Maritime, which will pay $10,000 for giving impermissible and unreported gifts to two CPA employees and a board member. In 2017 and 2019, Seabury Maritime provided a variety of gifts to the employees and board member, all unnamed. They included attendance at a college fundraising event in New York. “CPA Employee One” and “CPA Employee One’s spouse” . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2022 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Eversource faces conflict of interest questions in wind-energy contracts

The state’s two major electric utilities wield considerable power by choosing the wind farm projects that can be built off the coast of Massachusetts. Maybe not for much longer. When state-sanctioned clean energy contracts go out to bid, Eversource and National Grid (along with Unitil) get to pick the winners. It’s a power that has prompted conflict-of-interest questions since before the Legislature passed the original law allowing it six years ago. Both of the big utilities have arms that invest . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2022 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean Wind approval process is a hoax

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) heard oral arguments June 24 on a request from Ocean Wind I LLC to have the NJBPU overrule Ocean City’s governing body concerning the company’s planned route for transmission cables that would cross the city’s beachfront and streets in the area of 34th Street on their way to a connection point at Beesley’s Point. The company argues that this is a reasonable route for the necessary electric grid interconnection for the offshore . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2022 • Opinions, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundley: Apex Clean Energy must update environmental impact data

I’ve spent most of my life exploring, nurturing, and loving my family’s 855 acres of forests and fields and 3 miles of perennial streams that are adjacent to the proposed Rocky Forge Wind Farm site in Botetourt County. My parents were determined to conserve some Virginia forest land, and so the land is in a conservation easement. The proposed location for the turbines is a wildlife habitat for innumerable species, but my greatest concerns are the known impacts on the . . . Complete story »

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 »

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