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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.


December 5, 2021 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lay of the Land: A green wind farm? Come off it, it’s all about making money

‘Anger is an energy,” snarled Johnny Rotten, aka Lydon, the London-born son of a father from Tuam, Co Galway and a mother from Carrigrohane, Co Cork. “It really bloody is,” the Sex Pistols punk, who also wrote the angry anthem, recently reflected. “It is possibly the most powerful one liner I’ve ever come up with.” Though anger is not the only energy, nor the most powerful, judging by a small rural community near this country town who angrily complain that . . . Complete story »


December 1, 2021 • Ecuador, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A green paradox: Deforesting the Amazon for wind energy in the Global North

What has the destruction of balsa trees in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest got to do with the wind power industry in Europe? As the international commitment to renewable energy has grown in recent years, the increase in wind farms has triggered a huge demand for balsa wood, leaving a trail of deforestation in its wake. Balsa wood is used in Europe, and also more intensively in China, as a component in the construction of the blades of wind turbines. Already-installed . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Erie offshore windmill pilot project in jeopardy amid scandal fallout

Despite approval from a multitude of oversight agencies, a pilot offshore windmill project on Lake Erie is facing some strong headwinds the next few months amid the fallout of Ohio’s ongoing energy scandal. In the summer of 2009 – with the backing if the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, the Cleveland Foundation and other influential public and private agencies – the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was formally started. The purpose was simple and basic: With energy production changing . . . Complete story »


October 26, 2021 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan, Stanley: Community vows to keep fighting proposal

Just so we’re clear – Stanley locals are not the backwards-looking “greenies dressed up as locals” or the “dark forces” some politicians would have you believe. The Stanley community supports renewable energy. But we want it in the right place. Try and put it in the wrong place and the community will speak up – loudly. In June, some 100 concerned Stanley locals gathered in front of The Nut to protest Sydney-based Epuron’s proposed Stanley wind farm. On that winter’s . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2021 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

In addition to its large solar project, NextEra is considering a wind farm for southwest Douglas County, parts of Franklin County

The same energy firm proposing to build a 3,000-acre solar farm in southeast Douglas County also is exploring the feasibility of building a large wind turbine farm in southwest Douglas County, I’ve confirmed. Florida-based NextEra Energy has begun reaching out to large landowners in southwest Douglas County and northwest Franklin County about a project dubbed the Larksong Wind Energy Center. “We are just gathering interest to see if we can even develop the area,” said Ryan Fullerton, who is contacting . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc turbine parade is quite a spectacle

Strauss Wind Energy is constructing a major wind energy project south of Lompoc. The project consists of 29 towers that are equivalent in height to a 50-story building. Each tower has three blades to catch the wind and turn giant turbines to generate electricity. The project will require several thousand truckloads of concrete and other construction material deliveries before it is finished. According to a June 15, 2021, staff report “Transportation of the (oversized) equipment will involve many periods of . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2021 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Utilities preen as PUC hands us the tab

So, while China is building a new dirty coal-fired power plant every week, who should pay the price to “save the planet” with expensive green energy? Well, we the captive ratepaying customers, the working people of Colorado of course! How do Colorado’s crony energy companies get away with it? To use the Godfather analogy, it happens because the chief of police, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in this case, works for the mob boss. Since there’s no actual competition for . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2021 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind won’t fish

There is no compatible mixing of wind turbines and fishing! The endangered species of the Maine fishing family is already dancing around the newly announced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) restrictions to protect the right whales from gear entanglement. Add several 10,000-ton floating wind turbines, and even more whale restrictions on the NOAA docket (98 percent gear reduction in 10 years), and you have a severely impacted Maine fishing industry. Special purple markings on their end lines prove Maine . . . Complete story »


September 29, 2021 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Does Big Wind even have the money to upgrade its turbines?

We should be very, very worried that Big Wind, upon which, thanks to a maze of government subsidies and mandates we are increasingly dependent to keep the lights on, isn't as financially sound as we'd like to think. Complete story »


September 27, 2021 • Kansas, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

When wind developments conflict with wildlife and protected areas

Can protections for wildlife coexist with industrial wind turbines? Apparently not in Kansas. In 2017, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism published siting guidelines for wind energy conversion systems in Kansas.  The guidelines warn developers away from state wildlife areas, the Tall Grass Heartland, migration corridors, wetlands, zones of wildlife concentration, and – above all – from native prairie. “The agency considers it critically important to protect the integrity of remaining intact prairie habitats in Kansas,” the guidelines state, repeating . . . Complete story »


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