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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.

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 »

October 29, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Moosehead-area lawmakers oppose wind projects

Four area members of the Legislature have joined county commissioners in Somerset and Piscataquis counties in opposition to proposed industrial wind projects in the Moosehead Lake region as a threat to the area’s tourism-dependent economy. Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville; Rep. Chad Grignon, R-Athens; Rep. Paul Sterns, R-Guilford; and Rep. Joel Stetkis, R-Canaan, all signed a letter dated Oct. 8 to Judith Judson, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, expressing “our unanimous opposition” to new wind development and high-voltage . . . 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 »

August 19, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Oklahoma AG, PSO argue over case for $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project

The benefits of low-cost wind energy, customer risk and how potential savings for electricity customers are calculated were among the issues debated Friday in a regulatory hearing to dismiss a preapproval case for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s public utility unit wants the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to dismiss the case, saying PSO didn’t follow competitive bidding rules and didn’t show a need for additional generation capacity. PSO and its sister . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Too many jellyfish in the sea? Blame wind farms and gas platforms

If you are noticing more jellyfish in the sea on your holiday this summer, the blame may lie just over the horizon. Scientists have discovered that offshore wind farms and oil and gas platforms inadvertently provide an ideal habitat in which the gelatinous creatures can thrive. Until now, the explosion in jellyfish numbers in oceans around the world has been largely blamed on over-fishing, which wipes out their natural predators, global warming and nutrient run-off. But now it seems that . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

DeKalb County Board OKs wind testing towers

The installation of two 198-foot wind testing towers that will determine the economic viability of another wind farm in DeKalb County is slated for mid-July, now that EDF Renewable Energy has gained county approval. The DeKalb County Board on Wednesday approved two special-use permits for the San Diego-based company to install the testing towers in South Grove Township. Board members Misty Haji-Sheikh (D-7) and Jeff Whelan (R-10) voted against the permits, and Vice Chairman Tracy Jones (R-1) abstained. The board . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

World’s biggest wind-turbine maker falls as Trump drops Paris

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, dropped to its lowest in 1 1/2 months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord threw into doubt the future of renewable energy. Vestas fell as much as 2.8 percent, and traded 2.2 percent lower at 572 kroner as of 10:32 a.m. in Copenhagen. It was the worst performing stock on the Copenhagen benchmark index of Denmark’s most traded companies, and was among the . . . Complete story »

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