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Wind Power News: Opinions


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.

May 11, 2022 • England, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Farm Blog: Major landscape changes could be here soon

The landscape of southern Britain could soon look quite different, even bearing in mind the massive changes already made. Construction of large solar farms, which merit their own symbol on Ordnance Survey maps, has continued at a pace and anyone driving up the A34 just to the north of Winchester can’t fail to have noticed the massive solar structures being installed there. These panels are just a stone’s throw from the pumps that extract oil from one of the many . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The problem with onshore wind farms

Remember how David Cameron’s government was going to end Nimbyism by having local communities vote for new housing developments on their doorsteps? That didn’t end so well. Last October, following a shock defeat in the Amersham by-election, the Prime Minister gave up on building more new homes in the shires in favour of reverting to the line of least political resistance: the old favourite of trying to solve the housing shortage by building more new homes on brownfield land in . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2022 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Why Trump hates wind turbines

If you are reading this article on or around April 15, 2022, it may be because Donald Trump recently complained to Fox News’s Sean Hannity about wind turbines. He ran through a familiar litany about the number of birds killed by turbine blades and the purported cost of wind for generating energy. If you have heard him talk about wind turbines (or, as he calls them, windmills), you have heard what he told Hannity. If you are reading this at . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2022 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawk Mountain responds to energy firm’s guilty plea

A NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and was sentenced to pay millions in penalties over eagles killed by its wind energy operations, the U.S. Justice Department announced April 5. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary supports environmentally responsible wind and other renewable energy development as an important measure to combat climate change. However, environmentally responsible wind energy development starts with siting turbines where impacts to wildlife and people can be minimized. “Hawk Mountain is committed . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm noise may be a nuisance – but compliance remains a critical issue

The Victorian Supreme Court has found that intermittent noise from Bald Hills Wind Farm at night was a nuisance, and awarded damages, aggravated damages in light of the past management of the complaints, and an injunction (stayed for 3 months) to prevent further noise nuisance. The case is significant in confirming that intermittent noise may be a nuisance even if compliant with the regulatory regime, although the specific permit conditions for Bald Hills and different regulations that now apply to . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2022 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Alternative energy possesses an unseemly side rarely seen

Not in My Back Yard. It’s a classic psychological and sociological phenomenon. A March 12 Letter to the Editor in The Pilot got me thinking of it while rotating my compost piles. The writer opines, “Sitting looking out to sea, I’m imagining the thrill of knowing that just beyond the horizon there are windmills capturing the power of the wind, and turbines turning to the power of the tides, sending that power to hundreds and hundreds of homes and businesses . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

When is a noise limit not a noise limit?

In a landmark ruling, the Victorian Supreme Court has held that noise emitted from the Bald Hills Wind Farm constituted a nuisance to its neighbours, even if those emissions had been found to comply with the conditions in its planning permit. Further, and of cause for concern and uncertainty for the industry is the finding that newer, more conservative noise limits imposed in newer wind farm permits were a better indicator of what is a reasonable standard for judging whether . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2022 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

How green laws stop green projects

Laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act were written in the 1970s to protect the natural world from people and developments. Today, climate change is posing another threat to the natural and built worlds. Researchers at Princeton University estimate that, unless Americans dramatically reduce energy use, the amount of solar and wind energy required to meet the country’s climate goals is the size of Wyoming and Colorado combined. But J.B. Ruhl, a law professor at . . . Complete story »

April 5, 2022 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Charity linked to UK anti-onshore wind campaigns active again

While the name of the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) suggests it is a charity dedicated to promoting low-carbon electricity, it appears to spend most of its time campaigning against onshore wind. When it was founded in 2004, with the TV personality Noel Edmonds as its chair, the organisation was clear it wanted to fight against the “grotesque political push” for onshore renewable energy in the UK. It styles itself on its website as “a registered charity promoting sustainable development for . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2022 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Victorian wind farm ordered to pay damages and curb night noise nuisance – Implications for wind farms in Australia

OVERVIEW On 25 March 2022 the Victorian Supreme Court issued its long awaited judgment in the ongoing Bald Hills Wind Farm nuisance proceedings in Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 145. Justice Richards held that operational noise the Bald Hills Wind Farm was causing a nuisance to two local residents at night time and ordered the operator of the Bald Hills Wind Farm to: stop causing nuisance from wind turbine noise at night and implement noise abatement measures to . . . Complete story »

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