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Wind Power News: Letters


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.

January 22, 2021 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Greenhouse gas plan will reduce little except power reliability

A Jan. 15 Times-Call article noted the issuance of the finalized Colorado plan for greenhouse gas emission reduction. No significant changes are apparent from last year’s draft plan. So, my comments on the draft plan in the Oct. 20, 2020, Times-Call still apply. I noted then that the plan is massive in scope and invokes a level of government interference and control in our lives never before seen. Power generation will be shifted almost completely to wind and solar. Power . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2021 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: Nick Clemente, Leesburg

Fun forest and farming facts: Virginia has 44,700 farms covering 8.1 million acres, and 15.72 million acres of forestland. 90% of Virginia farms are owned by families or individuals, not corporations and account for 32% of all the land in the state. In addition, 62% of our state is forested. The importance of forests in cleansing the air, purifying our water, providing products, and fostering recreation opportunities must be embraced as our Virginia standard of living depends on the abundance . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2021 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Public not given enough time

Did you know the Lancaster County Board is looking at reducing setbacks to accommodate billion-dollar wind energy companies? If not, you are not alone. Most residents of Lancaster County are uninformed on this matter because it was just presented last month. Wind turbines, taller than the State Capitol, do not belong in the back yards of rural homes. I could go on about how it will affect property value, wildlife and health, but I’d like to focus on the larger . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2021 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Driven by greed

On reading your article in the Boorowa News [Driven by the Wind, January 14]) I find it ironic that the Rye Park Wind Farm will be powering a mine! Is this where we are headed, just keep building more and more power stations, which is all a wind farm is, so that we can keep taking more and more from our earth? In the case of the Rye Park Wind Farm it is particularly ironic that the precious, and in . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Mixed messages

An open letter: On Jan. 12, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency to address issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Doug Ford stated the government is following the advice of the chief medical officer of health for the province, Dr. David Williams. In North Stormont, the Nation Rise Wind project, comprising 29 3.44-megawatt Enercon wind turbines, is being constructed and it is anticipated they will become operational soon. People in our community and beyond believe the Province of . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2021 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

What happened to offshore jobs?

I was extremely lucky to play some golf over the fabulous Crail Links in glorious winter sunshine, a rare treat in these difficult times. As I played round I couldn’t help but notice the cable-laying vessel for the cutely-named Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm. A strange choice of name considering Gaelic was not spoken in Fife. I couldn’t help but reflect: how can it be that the French national electricity company can build a wind farm for its . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2021 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Have a say on ‘climate emergency’

Dorset council have an on-going public consultation on their draft ‘climate and ecological emergency strategy’. The document contains many controversial items including a commitment to lobby for the return of the rejected Navitus Bay offshore wind farm. It is also mooted in the document that planning policy should be eased to enable the industrial deployment of on-shore wind turbines and solar panels. The document projects 700 wind turbines and/or 30 square miles of solar panels within Dorset. There is a . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2021 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t bend rules for developers

There has been a lot of hard work done by a lot of good people in setting regulations for wind energy in Lancaster County. While other less populated counties are increasing their setbacks, Lancaster County commissioners are asking for fewer restrictions on wind energy. Less than two years ago, the Health Department and the Planning Department both agreed that a one-mile setback was both appropriate and safe for wind energy. At that time, the majority of the commissioners went against . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The high price of wind farm checks

Orkney Islands Council has requested that the Scottish Government handle the council’s own planning application for six wind turbines on the island of Hoy rather than it consider it itself; this is the first of three wind farms it is planning and it expects to submit the remaining two to Holyrood early next year. To secure installation of a high-capacity interconnector to the mainland – previously widely trailed by the council as necessary to take tidal and wave exports to . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2020 • Letters, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Electric heat a bad idea

Dec. 18, “Newport opts for electric heat over gas” reports endorsement by the City Council a National Grid solution for end-of-the-line gas that shut down homes winter 2019. Endorsed: remove Natural Gas, replace with electric heat pumps. Our cold-homes-exploding fear will succumb to exploding costs if City proceeds with costly retrofit electric heat pumps in three decades and transition to biogas(?) and hydrogen in the century. This allows a “ dream pipe” for National Grid: The conversion to hydrogen requires . . . Complete story »

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