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.
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 . . .
Is the Massachusetts wind turbine bylaw too weak? Does it fail to adequately protect neighbors from excessive noise? Is ConEdison violating existing noise bylaws?
The acknowledgement yesterday, by Planning Minister Simon Coveney, that we have reached a point where large-scale windfarms are not acceptable is very welcome, but it would be even more so had he had not used the wriggle room qualifier “large-scale”. His assertion that off-shore wind might be the more sustainable option is welcome too but, again, he should have been more assertive. Nevertheless, his statement indicates a change of heart, one that will certainly be cheered by those facing the . . .
Wind farm company EPYC has had nearly three years to refine its Tarago district proposal. It has bombarded with a volley of objections all the way, yet still hasn’t taken notice. In an extraordinary move, even the Australian Wind Alliance has objected to the development application being assessed by the NSW Planning Department. In short, it argues the 88-turbine wind farm will not “sufficiently benefit” the wider community. “The standard of communication and community consultation has been poor, resulting in . . .
One of the few certainties in our topsy-turvy world is that we must cut our dependence on energy generated by fossil fuels. In Ireland, that imperative is exacerbated by the need to become less reliant on imported energy. The prospect of a wall of tariffs around Britain, the source of much of our energy, sharpens that urgency. Those objectives may be reached, partially at least, by renewable energy. On a wind-swept island, that means investing considerable capital and faith in . . .
The modern version of an ancient proverb holds that “The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.” How slowly do they turn? As slowly as the blades on a wind turbine, perhaps? Some days, in our neck of the woods, the blades don’t turn at all … during what mariners in the age of sail would have described as “a dead calm.” More than a year and a half after the process began, a Maryland public utility law . . .