Wind Power News: Editorials
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and controversy. In order to get a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board, which it never did, Beaver Wood Energy LLC had to obtain a number of other state permits, among them a water withdrawal permit. The facility needed . . .
In 2014, Ohio lawmakers slipped into an unrelated bill a major change that restricted the development of wind farms in Ohio, a shift that had the potential to impact rural schools’ tax revenues, the state’s economic competitiveness, public safety and quality of life, and the environment. Wind-energy advocates say this change – by requiring larger setbacks from property lines for the tall wind turbines – effectively zoned out new wind projects in Ohio, leaving us in the dust as neighboring states friendlier . . .
If there’s a lesson that can be gleaned from the May 2 wind energy referendums in Huron County, it’s that he who has the most doesn’t necessarily always become the victor. Not that the odds aren’t stacked in the wealthy’s favor. But when it comes the will of the people, money doesn’t always win. Campaign finance records that were released this week show that while wind development was defeated by a near 2-to-1 margin, pro-wind interests were funded over 200 . . .
The Public Service Board has approved new sound standards governing wind energy projects that have been cheered more enthusiastically by wind opponents than by environmentalists. The odd thing is that wind opponents, too, count themselves as environmentalists, arguing that the sound generated by large wind turbines harms the nearby environment in a way that offsets the environmental gain from the clean energy produced by the turbines. The injury created by continuous thrumming sound waves is hard to grasp for people . . .
The Hughes County Commission made the right decision on Monday when it put a six-month moratorium on wind-farm development. “Green” energy sounds great in theory, and there’s no harm in exploring our options for generating electricity, but there are many questions remaining when it comes to wind power. And we’re not talking about just dollars and cents here. One of the biggest costs to a wind farm is its footprint. Wind farms need to be spread over many square miles . . .
Last week, the quest to stop the proposed Crab Orchard Wind Turbine project took a significant step forward as Bill HB1021 passed on the Tennessee State Senate Floor. Not only did it pass, it did so by a whopping 85-3 vote! Rep. Cameron Sexton successfully maneuvered and helped get the bill passed by a landslide in the Senate and know our bill faces the Tennessee House this week. If the Bill passes the House, this is what it would mean: . . .
The Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure to end an overly expensive tax incentive to the wind industry and help staunch the state’s fiscal wounds. House Bill 2298 would sunset the zero-emission tax credit program on July 1. Under current law, the incentive is set to stay on the books for windmills that were put in business through 2021. The tax credit is expensive and the state doesn’t get enough in return for the money. Since the . . .
The city of Conneaut’s two (currently non-functional) wind turbines were meant to be a public relations move, a symbol that showed the city was embracing the future and alternative energy. But with one turbine next to Conneaut Middle School that has never worked, and now the second on the lakefront damaged, the question becomes whether these turbines have become symbols of failure and if the city should walk away from them. The 400-kilowatt lakefront turbine built in 2010 was hit . . .
Clean energy advocates might have cringed a little at Ocean City government’s opposition to offshore wind farms this week, but they would be missing a critical point. It’s a simple point at that: why should local government support the development of anything that could, or even might, affect the resort’s well being without a clearly defined reason? This isn’t about the benefits of wind energy, being green or any other benign color, but is strictly a matter of local government . . .
Only in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario would we still be spending money we don’t have, to build wind farms few people want, to generate electricity we don’t need. And yet that’s exactly what’s happening six months after the government halted its green energy policy. Planning for five new wind turbine developments continues despite admission from the Wynne government that Ontario won’t use the electricity these turbines will generate. Indeed, if history is any indication, the excess electricity generated from turbines yet . . .