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

December 16, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Coming to terms: Adirondack Park Agency must clarify stance on development

The state’s Clean Energy Standard “ensures that 50 percent of New York state’s electricity will come from renewables such as solar, wind and hydro by 2030 and provides support for safely operating upstate nuclear plants,” according to information from the State Energy Research and Development Authority. This mandate has apparently led representatives of various state agencies to adopt a more lenient attitude toward wind and solar development in Northern New York. The concern among many in the north country is that these projects are being promoted in this part of the state to meet the energy demands of people in the southern section of New York. Is the APA following suit? Complete story »

December 16, 2018 • Editorials, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Handle PI wind farms with caution

We are watching the wind turbine proposal for Presque Isle County very carefully, as what happens there could set the example for other proposals around the region in the months ahead. Concerned about the proposal and how it might affect them, Moltke Township residents Mike and Stefani Schulte decided to be proactive. With the advice of legal counsel, the two set about gathering enough petitions of qualifying county residents to place the matter before county voters next year. Specifically, residents . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Sounding off in Arkwright

Expect more noise from the opposition despite a recent study that found the wind turbines in Arkwright are within compliance. While Town Board members may be confident in the findings, those opposed to the turbines are just the opposite. The study, paid for by the town, was done in the middle of October. Wind speeds, according to the documents, did not exceed 13 mph. “The turbine levels of 37 to 44 (decibels) recorded are considerably below the compliance level of . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2018 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Recent studies show flaws of wind power

The rap on wind power is that it isn’t practical. New research reinforces this belief, and suggests wind power isn’t as environmentally beneficial as claimed. The studies, authored by Harvard researchers and published in “Environmental Research Letters” and “Joule,” examined how much land area would be required to meet future U.S. energy demands if energy production increasingly transitions to green power sources. They also examined the environmental impact of wind farms. The land-area study concluded wind farms will need five . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2018 • Editorials, U.S., VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

A green logrolling classic

For a perfect example of green daydreaming gone awry, look to the waters off Virginia Beach, which will soon feature two wind turbines with blades rising as tall as the Washington Monument. It’s impressive engineering, but it makes zero economic sense, according to Virginia’s utilities regulators. They’ve issued a scorching order that . . . approves the project. Yes, the surprise ending is that their factual analysis doesn’t matter under a green fiat from the state Legislature. Dominion Energy, Virginia’s . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Turn it down: Local siting board should deny Apex’s Article 10 application

Either Apex doesn’t know how to properly assess environmental conditions on the island, calling into question its competence in this crucial matter, or it intended to deceive state officials in its application, casting doubts on its integrity. Given this, how can the firm be trusted to proceed through the Article 10 process? The siting board should dismiss the application immediately. Complete story »

November 17, 2018 • Editorials, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Fierce wind blowing over Seneca County turbine projects

A fierce wind is blowing through Seneca County. Whether that wind catches any large electric-generating turbines in the near future remains to be seen. A pair of wind-turbine projects have created controversy. The first, Utah-based sPower’s proposed 85-turbine Seneca Wind farm, is estimated to cost between $275 and $300 million and is expected to generate $56 million in tax revenue for schools and other local government bodies. The second, Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy’s $92 million Republic Wind project, calls . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine project throws caution to the wind

Wind turbines that could soar 600 feet above the Atlantic Ocean may soon produce power used by Virginia homes and businesses. On the surface, it seems that capturing ocean’s trade winds to create electricity could catapult Virginia into a 21st-century example of green energy production. But below the surface, the State Corporation Commission’s review this month of Dominion Energy’s turbine project came with several concerning caveats as well as a reminder that a new law gutted the commission’s authority to . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

SCC blew it on wind project

Last Friday, acting against their own better judgment, members of the State Corporation Commission approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s $300 million offshore wind pilot project even though they candidly admitted it “would not be deemed prudent [under this Commission’s] long history of utility regulation or under any common application of the term.” The SCC approved the deal to build the 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach even though the electricity produced by its . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power plan causes fiscal fallout

A tangle of public policy issues is exposed in a scathing statement from a state agency on a newly approved wind power project by Dominion Energy Virginia. The State Corporation Commission last week approved the pilot project for offshore wind power. But it made clear that it had no power to do otherwise, due to a new law passed by the General Assembly that tied its hands. The project is a terrible deal for customers, says the SCC. They will . . . Complete story »

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