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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.

August 8, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘All renewable’ not viable alternative to fossil fuel

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act calls for all state electricity to be carbon free by 2040 and for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Interpreting these targets to mean we must achieve “100% renewable” electricity would be a mistake. Over the last several decades, Germany has shut down nuclear power and made massive investments in solar and wind, which now make up about 20% of the country’s energy mix. Sour grapes or sauerkraut? Germany is . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2020 • Ireland, Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

Wind power in the UK now accounts for nearly 30% of all electricity production. Land-based wind turbines now produce the cheapest type of energy – and there is no doubt wind farms can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the fossil fuels that have traditionally been used to generate electricity. But what of wind turbines built on top of sensitive, natural environments – does low-carbon energy still help reduce emissions if it involves disturbing the kinds of habitats . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2020 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Uncertain future as isles are turned into an industrialised landscape

SSE appears to have convinced Ofgem and National Grid that they are going to build the Viking Energy wind farm, but will they or can they…really? Let’s take a look at what we actually have here. A 600 megawatt interconnecter cable which if fully loaded with wind turbines operating at an optimistic 50 per cent energy efficiency, would supply a meagre average of 300 megawatt of variable and unreliable power to the UK grid. All this at a conservative estimate . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2020 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Sen. Brewer: Engaged local citizens get results

A large, 50-turbine wind energy facility is planned for northern Gage County, Nebraska. It is not surprising the citizens in the area are up in arms about it. Like they have in the Sandhills and in counties all over Nebraska, citizens are organizing and are actively resisting the plague of wind energy infecting their county and ruining the quality of their lives. The Gage County Alliance for Wise Wind Energy Decisions invited me to attend a meeting of the Gage . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2020 • Norway, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Green’ colonialism is ruining Indigenous lives in Norway

In April this year, wind energy company Eolus Vind broke ground for the Oyfjellet wind plant, a new wind power project in Saepmie, the ancestral lands of the Indigenous Saami people, which stretch across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This led to a conflict between the Norwegian authorities, project developers and the Saami reindeer herding community Jillen Njaarke, which reveals the numerous reckless practices behind Europe’s “green” energy transition. The German owners of the Oyfjellet wind project, Aquila Capital, have . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2020 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Dr. Robert W. Chase: Time to start limiting subsidies for wind and solar power

Why is the U.S. Government subsidizing wind and solar power when renewables are not on an economic precipice? Rather, the dramatic fall in the price of wind and solar power makes it clear they are mature technologies that don’t need huge tax breaks. Production costs of wind and solar equipment have dropped dramatically, yet the subsidies continue. According to a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, the price of subsidized utility-scale solar energy in 2019 was as low as . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rural New Yorkers again at the mercy of Albany bureaucrats

If there ever was a governor more committed to the old axiom, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” it’s Andrew Cuomo. In his efforts for New York to become the greenest state in the nation, the governor secretly devised a plan to circumvent two potentially pesky obstacles – the state constitution and local governments. Due to a new fast-tracked law called Section 94c, local governments in upstate and rural New York are now at the mercy of . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2020 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

With new municipal programs, Rhode Island electricity will contain more local renewable energy

Get ready for more renewable energy in the local electric grid as a process called “community-choice aggregation” (CCA) expands in Rhode Island. CCA, also known as municipal-energy aggregation, allows cities and towns to buy electricity for all of its ratepayers from third parties, either on their own or in partnerships with other municipalities. Fixed-price contracts, lower energy costs – thanks to competitive energy bidding – and a greater share of renewable energy in the electricity mix are the primary goals of this . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2020 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Port: Maybe wind subsidies really are to blame for North Dakota job losses

This tax credit was supposed to expire at the end of last year. It's supposed to have expired several times in the past. The wind industry's lobbyists have been successful at bringing it back time and again, usually while simultaneously claiming that the industry doesn't really need it. Complete story »

July 24, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lake turbines part of new state power play

Tuesday afternoon in Chautauqua County was far from overwhelming weather-wise. With a comfortable temperature reading of 76 at 4 p.m., it was much cooler than the one week earlier when residents were seeking air-conditioned shelter due to the 90-degree heat and humidity. According to the New York Independent System Operator web site, at that exact time earlier this week, 79% of the electricity in the state came from fossil fuels, natural gas and nuclear. The other 21% came from renewable . . . Complete story »

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