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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 18, 2018 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story


A news article published this week looking at some of the misconceptions about Vermont’s renewables industry has generated an electrifying debate over how “green” our state actually is – not what it claims to be. In 2016, the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School was asked to do an analysis of renewable energy credits (REC) in Vermont. That report pointed out that Vermonters received almost 0 percent of their energy from solar and wind sources, in part . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2018 • Editorials, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wrong thing said to wrong people

US Wind project development director Paul Rich misread the audience in his most recent comments about the resort’s effort to push the field of power-generating turbines farther out to sea. At a local forum convened last week to question the local government’s stance, comments from Rich suggested that if oceanic wind farms aren’t permitted, something much worse could happen. He said if US Wind is forced to abandon its project, that could open the door to offshore oil exploration, a . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

A few details: Make sure Maple Ridge PILOT is a good deal for taxpayers

Lewis County is marching in lockstep in a parade led by a band leader on Avangrid’s payroll. This individual is following a script written to benefit Wall Street investors, not the men and women of Lewis County who struggle every day to balance their home budgets. Before a PILOT negotiation charade begins, Lewis County has four years to deliver two strong messages to Avangrid: Its turbines must not threaten the training mission of Fort Drum, and it will be required to pay full property taxes. Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • Editorials, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines must not threaten tourism

It’s easy to dismiss opposition to the siting of wind farms as the predictable reaction of the determined Nimby. In some instances, that may indeed be the case. But that doesn’t mean new wind farms should be thrown up without consideration for those who live nearby. A new report suggests that turbines in areas of scenic beauty could be a turn-off for tourists. We reject these concerns at our peril. The erection of turbines must be planned sensitively and, wherever . . . Complete story »

January 28, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

WORST IDA WIND TOWER PILOT – The Chautauqua County Industrial Agency has approved a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes for the 126-megawatt Cassadaga Wind Farm Project. PILOTs are used to provided industries lower taxes, in exchange for development. Why offer lower taxes to wind farm companies? If they want to build them in Chautauqua County, they should not get a tax break. Offering a PILOT to a new business or factory makes sense. But who wants wind towers covering our community . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Looking for answers

There are more questions than answers currently regarding the recent collapse of a wind turbine at the Raleigh Wind project in South Kent. People are speculating wildly on the cause of the collapse on social media, with theories that range from the ridiculous – a meteor hit it – to the chilling ideas of inferior materials and government kickbacks. Some people obviously involved in the wind industry in manufacturing or construction of the turbines have some very technical analysis of . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2017 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: We had 17 questions for 2017. Here are 17 answers

When the year began, we posed “17 questions for 2017” that would shape the year. Here’s an update on what they were and how they’ve turned out. 16. Will construction start on the proposed wind farm in Botetourt County? No. The Charlottesville wind company Apex got all the permits it needs to build the state’s first commercial wind farm but has yet to find a buyer for the power —and doesn’t want to invest in the turbines until it does. . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • Editorials, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalism’s conceit is fatal for the northern gannet

Modern environmentalism is infected with many fallacies and evil ideas, starting with an overblown faith in government and ending with a deep and dark misanthropy that sees humans as negatives rather than as ends in themselves. There is one insight, however, that many environmentalist thinkers hold onto, which is both true and important: Creation is complex, beyond our comprehension, and modern man’s efforts to conquer and subdue nature are bound to create unforeseen problems. It’s the strongest argument environmentalists have. . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Editorials, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm coming to Canby

Across the country, wind energy is increasingly emerging as an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels like oil and coal. Nowhere is this more true than in the state of Minnesota, where wind energy currently accounts for roughly 16% of total energy production (and growing). Recent growth in the renewable energy industry is fueled by several factors including better turbine technology, more efficient storage, changing market realities, and government support through subsidies and tax credits. In Minnesota, . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2017 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Swanton Wind’s lesson: If you want change, get involved

The developers of the Swanton wind project this week pulled their proposal from consideration by the Public Utility Commission, eliciting waves of relief from those opposed, in particular those who lived in close proximity to the proposed 500-foot turbines. The developers withdrew because of the uncertainty of the state’s permitting process, and questions as to whether federal subsidies would continue at current levels. A spokesman for the developers – Travis and Ashley Belisle – said: “Here in Vermont, the project . . . Complete story »

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