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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.


December 7, 2019 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy carries steep hidden costs

Since 2004, MidAmerican Energy has set up wind farms. They run on wind, which is free. MidAmerican has spent $11.6 billion to set them up. Alliant Energy is spending $2.4 billion. MidAmerican is “repowering,” or replacing, the blades of 1,215 wind turbines and other parts in its fleet of more than 2,600, a multiyear maintenance project. Iowa had 2,073 turbines last year, seven times more than in 2004, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show. MidAmerican estimates that it . . . Complete story »


December 6, 2019 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t like hot sand in summer? Buy flip flops, not wind farm substation

I had to write after seeing the letter about saving our world versus the view. I believe many have lost sight of the main issue. Orsted is a Danish company that has leased ocean space off the coast of Delaware and Maryland to build a wind farm. They have an agreement with Maryland to buy the “clean” power. However, they need to run massive cables into a substation in order to connect to the power grid. All the proposed sites . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2019 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Former lawmaker responds to candidate’s letter

As chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, I lost a state Senate primary last year after “dark money” front groups for major utility corporations spent an estimated $1.2 million opposing my election. (Read Tuesday’s Detroit News for an in-depth investigative report on that.) A “dark money” group funded by Consumers Energy lobbyists also spent an estimated $250,000 supporting Democrat Sarah Schulz. The front group “spent an estimated $184,000 on broadcast TV ads touting Schulz,” more than on any other . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind towers will change rural character

All residents of DeWitt County are charged with maintaining the county’s agricultural heritage and rural atmosphere, preserving prime farmland, celebrating rural life, and protecting and preserving the county’s shared natural resources and open spaces. Because I reside in the footprint of the proposed Alta Farms II wind energy project, I write this letter. Per Tradewind Energy’s second application for a special use permit, nine towers – with seven of them at a blade tip height of 599 feet – are to be . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2019 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

In opposition to wind farm project

I am writing in opposition to the Alta II Wind Farm project in DeWitt County. It is obvious the proponents of this project have failed to do any in-depth research regarding the issues surrounding these wind turbines. Of those who have written letters to the editor, how many sat through all 35 hours of testimony during the February 2019 ZBA hearings? How many have sought out third-party independent experts to educate themselves? How many spent hours of personal time pouring . . . Complete story »


November 29, 2019 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy anything but green

I find it ironic that Sen. John McCollister (“Getting serious about being green,” Nov. 21) touts wind turbines as a “green” solution three days after this subtitle in the Journal’ Star’s business section: “‘Green’ wind energy sending many giant blades to landfill.” Green, indeed! As I once heard around the coffee table in David City, near where these blades are being buried, “The only thing green about these things is the money that comes from Washington”. Wind turbines kill thousands . . . Complete story »


November 28, 2019 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind skeptics

Editor: It’s natural to see climate catastrophe as an environmental problem: CO2, wind and rain, melting glaciers … The environmental knowledge which drives your solution has at its roots in the wisdom acquired over 10,000 years or more. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, TEK for short, values sharing life with all creatures and plants – their well-being tied-up with ours – the environmentalism of Rachel Carlson. Some cling to technical solutions concocted by the very same forces that produced the problems they seek to . . . Complete story »


November 28, 2019 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Orsted Wind Energy proposal presents problems

This past Tuesday’s (11/19/19) public meeting with Delaware legislators, DNREC, State Parks, and Orsted Wind Energy representatives was held at the Indian River High School. The entire school auditorium was filled and 99% of those in attendance voiced total opposition to all the proposed improvements for the Fenwick Island State Park, and that the natural character of the park should be left untouched. The park is an ecologically sensitive area that contains wildlife and protected species, so a two-story concrete . . . Complete story »


November 26, 2019 • Letters, Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns with East Point windmills proposal

We retired and moved back to East Point where my wife grew up. It is so beautiful here it was once considered to become a national park. P.E.I. Energy is planning to build 60-storey windmills (175 metres) in East Point. My concern is what effect they will have on our migratory bird route, our lands natural beauty and our health? There are over 100 residents that are against this 60-storey windmill proposal and have sent letters to our council (Council . . . Complete story »


November 26, 2019 • Iowa, Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Good neighbors’?

Every life, every work is a legacy. Survivors of the Great Depression left a legacy of extreme frugality. The 80s farm crisis impacted not just our farming practices and lifestyle but also our psyche. Survivors fear loss of the farm, the lifestyle, and loss of identity. We hang on to property at great costs to our legacy. Converting agricultural and wildlife areas to the use of industrial wind turbines irreversibly destroys it. It is a legacy of destruction starting with . . . Complete story »


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