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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.

October 27, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

What does ‘acceptable loss’ mean?

What does “acceptable loss” mean? Also known as “acceptable damage,” it’s a military euphemism used to indicate casualties or destruction inflicted by the enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. During the Special Use Permit for Alta Farms II vote, this phrase rang loud for me. Seven county board members considered families like mine and the impacts we will suffer as an acceptable loss. I felt betrayed by my elected leaders. Would we have moved here if we had known . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Green ambitions come at a high price

The news that SSE are about to submit their plans to Ofgem for a back-up power station for Shetland, and it’s timing, is a surprising twist in the tale of the solution to Shetland’s energy needs. Surely these plans and the cost of them should have been included in the “consultation” about the inter-connector. The capital expenditure on the back-up power supply is likely to be similar to that associated with keeping a power plant in Lerwick to meet Shetland’s . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2020 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are noisy and unappealing

Typical of these out of touch Liberal Democrats to support a policy previously roundly defeated by the public, it shows their total ignorance and understanding on these monstrous wind turbines which are inefficient and destructive to the environment. A two megawatt is made up of 260 tons of steel that required 300 tons of iron ore and 170 tons of coking coal, all mined and transported by hydrocarbons. The wind turbine can spin until it falls apart and never generate . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Constraints on Scotland

I am afraid it is Tom Cassells (Letters, October 18) who does not “have a clue how the energy industry works” and I would suggest he refers to the Renewable Energy Forum website for a little lesson as this contains a detailed explanation of the constraints payments system with links to the Balancing Mechanism and other informative sites. The data on constraints can also be obtained from this site and by last week the total for the whole of the . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Shetland deserves answers

The area around the Burn of Lunklet has been rechristened Turbineland by a passer-by. Of course, signs shouldn’t be vandalised, but the new name is rather apt. Approximately 12 of Viking Energy’s 103 turbines are planned within two kilometres of the waterfall, in addition to miles of access roads. The Burn of Lunklet is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), just like the Sandwater loch. It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty, a hotspot for wildlife and . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Stuck in a wind farm sink estate

It is telling that Susan Law’s Agenda article (“Practicality is key if we want more turbines”, The Herald, October 15) makes no mention of the communities and people who live in the areas “that aren’t the most accessible”. It is however a useful insight into how the factors, landowners and money people view the communities in these areas – they don’t even register in their thought processes. It is an attitude reminiscent of a different era. The fact that the . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • England, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power is noisy, totally useless and very expensive

Wind turbines are, in my opinion, a complete waste of time money and energy, in fact I’d call them a folly and a bigger blight on our landscape than the odd power station. The Government are going to waste trillions on the desecration of our green and pleasant land. Boris Johnson claims that we are going to be leaders in the field of windpower, but he also claims we are leading in the fight against Covid. He is completely bonkers. . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine failure under SNP’s watch

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to “stand up” for domestic jobs following the decision that the multi-billion-pound Seagreen offshore wind farm is to be manufactured abroad and built with foreign labour. A spokesman parroted the usual platitudes on how the Scottish Government was committed to supporting growth within the Scottish supply chain. The SNP has controlled Scotland’s devolved legislature since 2007 so has had adequate time to ensure that Scotland’s companies and workforce benefited from the wind . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2020 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Indiana environment poll asked the wrong questions

The recent IndyStar article claiming Hoosiers are willing to pay increased costs for cleaner energy is based on flawed polls. The poll should have asked, “Would you be willing to double your electricity costs to switch to mandated solar and wind power to replace the current limited coal and primarily natural gas use? For 26 years we have a small inexpensive 900 square foot second home in Northern California farming town, to be closer to half of our children, grandchildren, . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2020 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Think of the wind farm neighbours

I note with interest Stuart Stevenson’s article regarding the health problems of Pat Spence, attributed to wind farm noise and low-frequency sound waves (“Living in the shadows of the wind farm’s turbine tyrants”, The Herald, September 26). Scottish Power Renewables should buy Pat Spence’s home, now surrounded by 184 enormous wind turbines. SPR is part of Iberdrola, advertised on its website as a global energy leader, one of the world’s biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. It can . . . Complete story »

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