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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 5, 2018 • General News, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental impacts of large scale wind development may be greater than anticipated

When Vern Vivion was still running cattle outside Rawlins in the early ‘90s, he grew skeptical about wind development on his land. It’s not that he opposed wind, full stop. But Vivion, who died in 2014, thought turbines would have impacts on habitat that weren’t clear and hadn’t been investigated fully. Those impacts, he believed, would mean a lot to ranchers. He thought capturing the wind would impact the grass, said his daughter, Kristy, who now manages the land with . . . Complete story »

October 5, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Minimizing yaw brake noise in wind turbines

Yaw noise is a significant contributor to the noise produced by wind turbines. It is the result of contact between the yaw brake pads and the disc when nacelle adjustments are made to optimize wind generation. The brakes are released to let the yaw motors turn the nacelle sufficiently into the optimal wind direction, and then reapplied to the hold position. Research has found that there is a direct relationship between the amount of noise caused by the brakes and . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Navigating errors saw vessel twice collide with offshore wind turbine

A report has been issued about an incident that saw a vessel collide with an offshore wind turbine. The report from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) said the vessel collided with a working platform on a wind turbine transition piece. The incident occurred during worsening weather conditions. The vessel was in dynamic positioning (DP) mode when it was decided to pull off. While moving away from the tower, a switch was made from DP to independent joystick control. Once . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Annoyance with wind turbines may affect quality of life

People who can see wind turbines from their homes may be more annoyed by these machines and more likely to report quality of life issues than individuals who live further away from wind turbines, an industry-supported study suggests. Wind turbines have become more common in recent years as a source of clean renewable energy that doesn’t cause air pollution or contribute to global warming. But as more wind farms dot the landscape, some residents in surrounding communities have complained that . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2018 • General 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 »

February 7, 2018 • General 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 • General 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 • General 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, General 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 • General 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 »

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