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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.

January 27, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

New Jersey’s energy master plan will cost citizens billions

When New Jersey unveiled the most recent Energy Master Plan in January, wary residents who already pay the nation’s highest property taxes feared it would lead to huge increases in their energy bills. They are absolutely right. A report by New Jersey for Affordable Energy concludes that the plan – requiring 100% use of wind and solar energy by 2050 and eliminating abundant, lower-cost natural gas and traditional space and water heaters – will trigger sky-high electricity rates, since 75% of New . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2021 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo’s unrelenting charge for green

An article in the Observer was headlined, “Cuomo pushing for renewable energy to help economy and to fight global warming.” While Chautauqua County has been going green for the last few years with the installation of wind turbines and solar fields, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a larger push state-wide. Cuomo proposed a $26 billion public-private sector partnerships to build nearly 100 renewable projects. He states that our program provides a diversity of projects, styles and locations. Sixty-eight of . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2021 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

We must ‘go honest’ to ‘go green’

The Joe Biden administration represents itself as following science with regard to energy policy, yet it presents a simplistic clean/dirty energy narrative with the obvious solution to get rid of fossil fuels and “go green.” Unfortunately, this narrative is naïve, expensive and misleading. And it will harm U.S. energy security, the economy, the environment and the impoverished. To be sure, producing and burning coal and oil have significant environmental impacts. But what goes unmentioned are the extensive benefits of affordable, . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Some green solutions create new problems of their own

What’s black and white, red all over, and comes to mind when you think of endangered species? No, it’s not your local newspaper. It’s the white blades of a wind turbine stained with the blood of bats, high-conservation-value birds and various insects. According to the Audubon Society (audubon.org/news) an estimated 140,000 to 500,000 bird deaths occur each year due to wind turbines, deaths which are “substantial,” they argue, “but significantly less than deaths caused by outdoor cats and building collisions.” . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lamont vs. New London

If I had been drinking coffee when I read about Ned Lamont’s recent interview with The Day’s Editorial Board, I would most certainly have spit it out when I got to the part where the governor casually revealed that the estimated cost of his giant boondoggle at State Pier has, without explanation, risen by more than $40 million in less than a year. Yikes. The project to accommodate the offshore wind farm of two rich utilities, one foreign, started at . . . Complete story »

January 13, 2021 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

USFWS issues rule excluding incidental take from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: implications for the wind energy industry

On January 7, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS or Service) published a final rule providing that the scope of the prohibition of take under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA or Act) applies “only to actions directed at migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs,” and does not prohibit incidental take (i.e., take that is not the purpose of an activity).  86 Fed. Reg. 1134 (January 7, 2021).  The rule, which lists an effective date of February 8, 2021, represents . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2021 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Check your mail: the city is pulling a switcheroo on your electricity provider

Imagine if the City of Boston negotiated a deal with T-Mobile on behalf of all residents and businesses. And instead of offering it as an option to everyone, the city notified you by letter that unless you objected by January 11, your cell service was going to be automatically switched to T-Mobile. That is exactly what the city is doing with respect to your current electricity provider. A few weeks ago, all Boston households and businesses received a densely-worded “Official . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2021 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts legislature passes property tax reform for solar, wind, energy storage and fuel cells

As has been discussed in several posts here, on January 4, 2021, a conference committee of the Massachusetts House and Senate has issued a wide ranging “omnibus” energy bill “An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy (S2995).” The bill still awaits Governor Baker’s signature. Among the many features of the legislation, it would make several significant changes to Massachusetts law regulating cities and towns taxation of wind, solar, energy storage and fuel cell property, the scope of . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2020 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Port: Is the wind industry as financially solvent as they claim?

The implications are larger than you may realize. Every one-year renewal allows the wind industry to initiate projects that will enjoy government support for years and years into the future. Complete story »

December 26, 2020 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

An ill wind blows over an old hill

In November 2020, a massive landslide near Ballybofey in Co Donegal sent a whole hillside of trees and precious peat bog careering into waters that feed the Foyle River system. Thousands of tonnes of peat and rock gouged out the landscape, destroying a great chunk of Ireland’s disappearing peatland and polluting the breeding grounds of trout and increasingly rare salmon. The damage to the scarred and denuded hillside can never be undone. And no one knows how long the river . . . Complete story »

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