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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.

June 17, 2018 • Editorials, KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Oppose Westar rate increases

Advocacy groups are right to oppose rate hikes sought by Westar Energy. The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, or CURB, a state agency that represents consumers in utility rate cases, and staff members from the Kansas Corporation Commission filed testimony last week asking the KCC to reject Westar’s request for a $17.2 million rate increase. Instead, the groups believe Westar should cut rates for Kansas customers by anywhere from $69 million to $125 million. “CURB’s evidence strongly supports the need to . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2018 • Editorials, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC right to think about consumers

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity from coal. Ten years ago, the average price for a kilowatt-hour of power in our state was 5.61 cents. Now, the average is 9 cents. It has been one of the steepest upward climbs in the nation. . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2018 • Colorado, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Fort Collins’ renewable energy goals don’t need to be rushed toward an arbitrary deadline

Progress has always come with a price. The move toward greater use of electricity generated by renewable sources, such as wind and solar power, is no different. The Coloradoan editorial board supports reduced reliance on carbon-emitting sources of energy, such as coal, because of the environmental benefit. We believe the days of burning coal to generate electricity should be numbered. However, before our community dives head-first into the rush to renewables as the primary source of power generation, we want . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • Editorials, KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Breaking wind: County should abandon turbine experiment

Riley County’s wind turbine conundrum has shown itself to be a great example of the notion that nothing is free. The county government installed turbines in 2011 through a federal grant meant to encourage Kansas communities to use renewable energy. The grant covered the cost of the turbines as well as a five-year maintenance plan, but that money has since run out. Now the county faces a hefty bill to continue repairing the machines – or a hefty bill to take . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Editorials, New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy projects should get same treatment, not special deals

Open bidding on government contracts and projects is long-established as the method fairest for companies and most cost-effective for New Jersey residents who must pay the bills. Special no-bid sweetheart deals sometimes serve interests of political party machines and the firms that support them. When Gov. Phil Murphy in February ordered the implementation of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act of 2010, he started a process that requires the state Board of Public Utilities to solicit bids to build and . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2018 • Editorials, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Degrading national security

The Amazon Wind project is raising national security concerns again. We say “again” because along with John Droz, a Morehead City resident, physicist and environmental advocate, we predicted this in August 2015. Noting that the state’s only large scale wind project – 104 turbines 500 feet high on 20,000 acres in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties —has generated just 75% of its expected power, Don Carrington, editor of Carolina Journal, says, “Military officials also remain uneasy about the project’s interference with a . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2018 • Editorials, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Our opinion: The wind is blowing, lets try not to get swept away

Wind power is a growing enterprise around the world and by many accounts, this “gold rush” might be coming soon to a county near you. Actually, we know there’s at least one company working to establish a large wind farm on the east end of Hughes County. The promises are great. There will be hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxable property added to the county tax base. Farmers and ranchers will get many thousands of dollars worth of stable . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2018 • Editorials, IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

It’s time for some transparency

We were very disappointed to learn that the Miami County Commissioners would exclude members of the public being placed on the agenda if they wanted to talk about wind turbines. If completed, this gigantic project will change the face of Miami County forever. Not to mention Fulton and Cass. Whether you’re for or against, think of it: at least 75 wind turbines approximately 660 feet tall towering over the landscape. What would that look like? They would be over twice . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2018 • Editorials, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy plan raises environmentalists’ ire

Opposition to a new “clean” energy project near Searchlight is coming from an unlikely source – environmentalists. As the Review-Journal’s Henry Brean reports, a Swedish company wants to put up to 220 wind turbines along a 22-mile swatch of land west of Searchlight. The turbines would be at least 410 feet tall. The Bureau of Land Management is currently conducting an environmental review. Politicians frequently tell the public that wind energy is environmentally friendly. Not this project, claim more than a . . . Complete story »

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 »

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