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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.

March 1, 2020 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Andrew Cuomo’s latest power grab will let him ram through wind farms

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late last month amended his state-budget proposal to let him ram through approval of wind and solar “farms” over local objections. It’s a classic Cuomo power grab – outrageous both on the merits and in how he aims to pull it off. As Robert Bryce has noted in The Post, many upstate and Long Island communities have been fighting to stop proposed solar- and (especially) wind-power plants that residents fear would scar or otherwise harm their communities. But . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

A clear statement on wind

A wind turbine is a relatively straightforward concept. Energy from the wind turns three propeller-type blades around a rotor, which is connected to a main shaft. Inside that shaft, a generator spins to create electricity. That’s how the U.S. Energy Department describes it. Things get more complicated from there, not so much from the engineering aspects but with the politics surrounding wind energy, especially at the local level. Depending on who you talk to, wind power either saves the planet . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2020 • Editorials, IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Irish Examiner View: Most wind farms should be offshore

It is unsurprising that the world’s largest onshore windfarm is in China, or, more accurately, spread across a region of that vast country. The Jiuquan Wind Power Base has 7,000 wind turbines standing across Jiuquan, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Xinjiang, Jiangsu and Shandong. In contrast, southeastern Romania’s Fântânele-Cogealac Wind Farm wins Europe’s blue riband as the continent’s largest onshore wind farm. It is made up of a modest 240 turbines – a tiny fraction of those at Jiuquan but absolutely spectacular by . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2019 • Editorials, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Electricity bills will be going up for Virginians

In the past, Virginians have largely taken their relatively cheap and reliable electricity for granted. As of August, residents of the commonwealth paid an average of 12.36 cents per kilowatt hour, which is below the national average of 13.3 cents/kwh and far below the 31.16 cents/kwh Hawaiians paid for their electricity. Virginia currently ranks 22nd in the nation for the cost of electricity. But even before this month’s legislative elections, which put “carbon free” Democrats in total control of state . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy put us into the red

The real problem was that, as two Ontario auditors general reported over the years, the Liberals had no idea of what they were doing on green energy. Worse, they were either too ill-informed, or too arrogant, or both, to learn. Either way, hydro ratepayers will be paying for their blunders for many years to come. Complete story »

November 19, 2019 • Editorials, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy’s black eye

Green wind energy is earning something of a “problem-child black eye” as part of utilities’ efforts to improve efficiency. The Des Moines Register reported demolition crews at a western Iowa wind farm operated by MidAmerican Energy are cutting 120-foot turbine blades into thirds, part of the utility’s efforts to “repower” nearly 110 turbines, updating existing towers with longer blades, new hubs and refurbished generators. MidAmerican officials said that when the work is done the wind farm will generate nearly 20% . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • Editorials, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Let voters settle wind power feuds

It’s impossible not to notice that wind power is catching on in this part of Ohio. Towering turbines encroach Findlay’s north side, and stretch west in northern Hardin County. Meanwhile, a big wind farm is awaiting approval in Seneca County. But not all people favor wind power and the issue can divide neighbors. The greatest support for wind projects comes from property owners who directly benefit from land lease agreements with developers. At rural sites, such contracts can allow farmers . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Editorials, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Tribune editorial: Wind projects encountering more hurdles

Getting proposed wind farms spinning in North Dakota isn’t as easy as in the past, and it’s likely to get more difficult. There are growing concerns about the projects, ranging from the impact on the viewshed to the noise created by the turbines. There were other issues raised last week during a Public Service Commission meeting on the Ruso Wind Project in Ward and McLean counties. The Tribune editorial board feels while they are valid issues, they won’t necessarily stop . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Unreasonable decision

As Canadians, we have rights and freedoms for which thousands of soldiers, who put the good of the country before their own wants and needs, fought and died. One of those freedoms was to have our day in court. To provide evidence and testimony to a judge and/or jury who would fairly evaluate that evidence and make a ruling. As Canadians, we should all be ashamed that Christine Burke, a well owner whose water was contaminated by pump-clogging sediment, has . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo’s green-power dreams are slamming upstate yet again

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just can’t seem to resist slamming Upstate simply to pander to the greens. The latest pain: His drive to build vast “wind farms” off Long Island will zing upstaters’ electric bills to the tune of more than $1 billion – and that’s just for the first round of subsidies. Credit the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin for uncovering this injustice in new filings by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which shows that subsidies for the . . . Complete story »

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