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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.

October 19, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Police arrest 55 protesters seeking to block wind-energy farm in Hawaii

Environmentalists have long raised objections to fossil-fuel energy sources such as oil, coal and natural gas, but it turns out not everyone is wild about wind power, either. Fifty-five protesters were arrested Friday in Hawaii as they blocked roads to stop wind turbines and other heavy equipment from reaching the construction site for the Na Pua Makani Wind Project, the latest protest aimed at stopping the eight turbines from being erected in Kahuku. “Today is not the end. We’re still . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Most renewable energy companies’ linked with claims of abuses in mines

Most of the world’s top companies extracting key minerals for electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines have been linked with human rights abuses in their mines, research has found. Analysis published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), an international corporate watchdog, revealed that 87% of the 21 largest companies mining cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, nickel and zinc – the six minerals essential to the renewable energy industry – have faced allegations of abuse including land rights . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Planet of the Humans,’ possibly most bracing environmental documentary ever made, premieres at Traverse City Film Festival

Director Jeff Gibbs argues we’re heading toward ‘total human apocalypse’ and green energy is ‘not going to save us, it’s actually going to kill us faster.’ Films about environmental issues have long been a staple of the documentary form, a genre that in recent years alone has brought us Before the Flood, Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral and, of course, An Inconvenient Truth. But those documentaries arguably pale in importance to Planet of the Humans, which just held its world premiere . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Fell Twp. supervisors, residents focus on experimental mine reclamation, wind turbines

FELL TWP. – At a well-attended meeting Monday night, residents and supervisors addressed two prominent issues in the township: an experimental mine reclamation project and wind turbines. Supervisors motioned to formalize an agreement with Scranton-based law firm Myers, Brier & Kelly LLP at an hourly rate of $425 to provide the township with a legal opinion regarding its dispute with Laflin-based Pioneer Aggregates and its Simpson Stone Quarry on Route 171. The quarry received approval from the state Department of Environmental . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Rhode Island says clean energy plan falls short

PROVIDENCE – National Grid is set to negotiate a contract for another batch of renewable energy for Rhode Island, but instead of lauding the move, the state energy office is saying that the selection falls short. Few details about the decision have been made public because talks are continuing, but the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says that National Grid chose only one project and that it does not come close to the 400-megawatt capacity in the request for proposals . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2019 • General News, Germany, KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

The reason renewables can’t power modern civilization is because they were never meant to

Over the last decade, journalists have held up Germany’s renewables energy transition, the Energiewende, as an environmental model for the world. “Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset,” thanks to the Energiewende, wrote a New York Times reporter in 2014. With Germany as inspiration, the United Nations and World Bank poured billions into renewables like . . . Complete story »

April 29, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Around the world, buyer’s remorse sets in for costly clean power

Two decades ago, governments and utilities around the world began offering above-market rates and contracts to fuel the rise of clean energy, helping wind and solar become some of the cheapest power sources. Now, these pacts are under attack. In Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford killed hundreds of contracts for planned wind and solar farms. Spain pulled back subsidies, yanking the rug from projects already up and running. And in the U.S., bankrupt California power giant PG&E Corp. could soon . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2019 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Cheap wind power distorting power market pricing, leads to legislative interest in study

Renewable energy developers receive federal subsidies to build solar farms and wind farms, incentives that have helped spur so much wind development over the past few years that abundant wind energy from West Texas has made Texas among the cheapest states for power. Texans paid 8.4 cents per kilowatt hour last year for electricity, according to the Energy Department. Only six states paid less for power. The Texas Legislature recently took a step to eliminate the cost advantage in renewable . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy resources declining in northern hemisphere: study

A widespread decrease in surface winds has led to a rapid decline of wind energy resources in the northern hemisphere in recent years, according to a recent study led by Chinese researchers. Wind power is one of the most important renewable energy sources, but it is a fairly unstable natural resource. Previous studies have focused on the assessment of wind energy reserves. However, little research has been done on how wind energy resources evolve over time. Researchers from the Institute . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

It takes power to make power: Temporary power keeps wind turbines spinning

As the fourth largest source of power in North America, wind energy continues to be an essential part of the renewable energy story. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report expects wind energy to supply 10 percent of the United States power needs by 2020, 20 percent by 2030 and 35 percent by 2050. To keep up with the ambitious growth trajectory, the size of wind turbines is also growing. So, engineers are turning to more powerful temporary generators . . . Complete story »

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