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


May 5, 2018 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Global wind turbine makers hit by subsidy squeeze

Shares in rival wind turbine makers Siemens Gamesa and Vestas fell on Friday as a squeeze on prices caused by reduced state subsidies took its toll on quarterly profits. The wind power industry is undergoing a period of painful readjustment as governments from Europe to Latin America rein in subsidies and turn to competitive tenders, putting pressure on prices throughout the supply chain. “It’s challenging across the board, it’s very competitive,” Vestas’ Chief Financial Officer Marika Fredriksson told Reuters. Vestas’ . . . Complete story »


March 17, 2018 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

As Hopkinton moves forward wind law, Avangrid meeting log causes controversy

The most recent update to the tracker log also prompted a note from Parishville Town Supervisor Rodney Votra, who said that Avangrid did not include several important meetings. “It appears as though Avangrid representatives are less than complete with their submission,” Mr. Votra wrote to the Department of Public Service. “Most importantly, of the missing information, is Avangrid’s decision to exclude the Town of Parishville from the proposed project. ... I request that you address Avangrid representatives and instruct them to include these events in the PIP tracking report.” Complete story »


February 7, 2018 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Killings and threats against land rights defenders soar in 2017: rights group

Mining and agriculture remained the most affected sectors but attacks related to renewable energy projects, like dams and wind farms, were rising fast, fueled by growing investments in clean energy, the group said. Complete story »


December 12, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy is supposed to help fight climate change. It turns out climate change is fighting back.

A changing climate is beginning to change wind energy’s potential to provide power in key regions, part of what could be a broader diminishment of a key renewable energy source in part of the world, according to two scientific studies. The world is turning more and more to renewable sources of energy – wind, solar power, and in some cases energy from flowing water – to fight climate change. But what if climate change itself alters the distribution of wind, . . . Complete story »


December 2, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind pulls out of Nantucket Sound wind farm project

Cape Wind Associates has officially pulled out of its bid to develop a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, bringing an end to the controversial project that began in 2001. “Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that was issued in 2010,” the company stated in a press release sent out on . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2017 • Editorials, News, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Big Wind and Tax Reform

Conservatives make fun of indulgent liberal parents whose offspring remain dependents well into their 20s. But Republicans rewriting the tax code in Washington are coddling a millennial of their own: the wind lobby. In the 1980s wind power was dubbed an “infant industry” that needed federal help to grow. More than three decades and tens of billions of dollars in subsidies later, the business of making electricity from spinning turbines remains inefficient and heavily dependent on federal aid—i.e., the American . . . Complete story »


November 10, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy feels the force of world markets

The prevailing wind has dramatically changed for the world’s biggest maker of the swooshing blades that dot landscapes from Argentina to Mongolia. Vestas Wind Systems A/S lost about a fifth of its stock market value after the Danish company said it was squeezing less profit out of sales of equipment and services compared with a year ago because of increased competition. Before Thursday’s plunge, the shares had risen 15 percent this year. For skeptics in the energy industry, it provides . . . Complete story »


November 4, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind turbines to share the skies with less conflict. In this uncertain age of climate change, countries across the world are on the search for greener . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Solution a step closer for Te Rere Hau wind farm

Noise controls for a Manawatū wind farm will continue to be discussed with the microphones off after late-night discussions produced a possible solution. The Te Rere Hau wind farm operator NZ Windfarms arrived at the final day of a hearing on Thursday with new proposals for managing annoying noise that might satisfy the neighbours. Chief executive John Worth said they had been developed after “many hours” of discussion the night before with acoustic experts and affected neighbour Lee Huffman. The . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

M&Ms are going to promote wind power in a new TV ad campaign

LONDON – Chocolate brand M&Ms will promote wind power in a global advertising campaign set to run later this year and into 2018. Chocolate and pet food giant Mars Inc this week announced a $1 billion sustainability drive, aiming to do its bit to tackle climate change and improve conditions for farmers in its supply chain. As part of the plan, Mars’ M&Ms brand will “champion the power of renewable energy and highlight the need for action in addressing climate change.” . . . Complete story »


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