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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 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.

May 3, 2022 • Editorials, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

There’s hidden costs with renewables

Debate over Rep. Kathy Rapp’s legislation to require proper bonding and reclamation of solar and wind energy facilities last week in the state House of Representatives Environmental Resources and Energy became contentious. In his zeal to discredit Rapp, Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, actually made Rapp’s point for her. Rapp wants to have any alternative energy agreement include a decommissioning plan and proof of financing from a banking institution to pay to remove the solar panels and turbines. The plan would . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2022 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Ball Hill Wind project mistake casts doubts on feasibility of freshwater turbines

The hills of Chautauqua County were alive with the sounds of, well, blasting, late last week. Such noise was necessary because the Ball Hill Wind project in Hanover and Villenova was created on defective foundations that have to be broken up and replaced. The project is a 100-megawatt wind energy project consisting of 25 turbines now faces as much as $15 million in remedial work while serving as an object lesson for wind power advocates. Of course, the Ball Hill . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2021 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

State’s green energy goals come home to roost in your BPU bills

The cost of New York’s clean energy program continues to go up for Board of Public Utilities users – though the state is doing its best to make sure customers don’t know it. The cost of renewable energy credits and zero emission credits has increased from $1.6 million in 2019 to $2.6 million in 2022, a 62.5% increase. And that cost is only going to keep going up each year as the state works to reach the levels included in . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2021 • Australia, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Treatment of wind farm neighbours a disgrace

It’s been like watching a train wreck in slow motion from day one. From the time that the host-landowners, the authorities and the developers of the Bald Hills Wind Farm first unveiled their proposal, you could see it was going to create problems for uninvolved, neighbouring landowners. It stands to reason. The proposal trampled all over the unwritten code for farming neighbours, the time-honoured system of cooperation, co-existence and reciprocity whereby you don’t do something to them that you wouldn’t . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2021 • Editorials, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Tribune editorial: PSC decision a victory for landowners

The North Dakota Public Service Commission sent a message this week that landowners’ rights do matter. The commission unanimously voted to order Minnesota Power to remove or relocate a wind turbine. The three-member commission gave Minnesota Power six months to complete the action. The company can either move the turbine farther away from an Oliver County home or leave it down. The Kessler family filed a complaint with the PSC last year arguing the turbine is within 1,125 feet of . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2021 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo big-foots in the name of reducing NY’s carbon footprint

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for siting renewable energy facilities, such as solar farms and windmills, are meeting righteous resistance from upstate locals. The intrusive facilities are key to the gov’s $26 billion “clean energy, clean economy” initiative, which Cuomo pretends will boost New York’s post-COVID-19 economy. The pressure is on his administration to replace the 2000 megawatts of clean energy lost when the Indian Point nuclear plant – which accounted for 30 percent of the state’s carbon-free power production – shut down . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2021 • California, Editorials, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The California and Texas Greenouts

Electric grid operators in Texas and California are again urging residents to conserve power amid a sweltering heat wave to avoid blackouts. Keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees during the summer may be the green new normal. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot) warned this week that a large number of unexpected power plant outages combined with surging demand is straining the grid. Meantime, California’s Independent System Operator forecast that electricity demand might exceed supply several days this week. . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2021 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Environment: Keeping watch of wind work

It’s good to know the state DEC is overseeing cleanup of a “frac-out” in Cherry Creek at the site of the Cassadaga Wind LLC wind turbine project. A “frac-out” can occur as a result of directional boring in the area that can release drilling fluids into the surface environment. A frac-out is when drilling mud is released through fractured bedrock into surrounding rock and sand and then toward the surface. We’re not sure if it’s a good thing or a . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2021 • Connecticut, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Can governor assure State Pier price won’t keep rising?

We share state Sen. Paul Formica’s frustration over the growing price tag of the State Pier’s redevelopment plan and the “so what?” attitude of the Connecticut Port Authority and the Lamont administration. “I can’t tell you how offended I am at the total mismanagement of the project,” Formica said at a recent meeting of the port authority board. “You should all resign if you can’t get this right.” The Republican’s 20th Senatorial District includes New London and its port. Like . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2021 • Editorials, New York, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Railing against the wind

President Biden aims to build wind and solar farms from sea to shining sea to replace fossil fuels in the electricity grid by 2035. But his plans are already running aground off the coast of Long Island in New York, where his Administration last week canceled two offshore wind development zones. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management officials said the zones off the island’s coast raised problems with maritime traffic, marine life feeding areas, and concerns over visibility from South Shore . . . Complete story »

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