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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.

September 17, 2019 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Is more local control blowing in the wind?

It didn’t get a ton of attention, but in late August, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed what appeared to be a clear preference for local control. Some of us had to gain local control of our dropping jaws. That’s because, as you might have noticed, the Branstad-Reynolds-Republican Trifecta era In Iowa has hardly been a golden age for cherishing local control under the Golden Dome of Wisdom. Asked about an effort by Madison County officials to limit the construction of . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Harm from Strauss wind project is unnecessary

Santa Barbara Audubon Society supports renewable energy production, including wind energy. However, wind farms that are not properly planned, sited, and operated can have a devastating effect on the environment, especially on birds. A recent opinion piece in the Independent by a consultant on projects like this one gives a false and misleading impression of the environmental impact of the Strauss Wind Energy Project (SEP). In fact, the impacts of the Strauss project to birds and trees would be significant . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2019 • France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

L’éolien à tout prix, une impasse écologique

D’un côté, les pouvoirs publics encouragent l’installation de coûteuses éoliennes qui défigurent le paysage et ne produisent que par intermittence. De l’autre, Bruxelles décourage l’hydroélectricité en voulant détruire barrages et moulins au nom de la continuité des cours d’eau. Où est la logique écologique ? C’est un des mystères français les plus intrigants de notre époque : alors que des milliers d’éoliennes fleurissent sur le territoire, des dizaines de milliers de moulins, barrages, retenues d’eau, lacs, écluses et biefs sont voués à . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2019 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Why renewables can’t save the climate

Democratic presidential candidates may disagree on a lot, but they all agree that the solution to climate change is the expansion of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind. Some candidates see a role for nuclear. Sen. Cory Booker and businessman Andrew Yang have called for new plants, while former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg want to maintain existing plants. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris haven’t taken a position on nuclear, while Sen. Bernie Sanders . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • Kenya, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How Kenya’s mega wind power project is hurting communities

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa’s largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history. The wind farm will produce 300MW of low-cost renewable energy for Kenya’s national grid. Kenya is already a leader in green energy; 70% of its electricity comes from renewable sources, all part of the government’s plans to promote renewable energy in line with the national development strategy, Vision 2030. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project is a key . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2019 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Welcome to Turbineland

“It’s only the wind They say it’s getting worse The trouble that it brings Haunts us like a curse …” Only the Wind. Pet Shop Boys, 1990 January 1978, and for me, this was Shetland: poured off the old St Clair in the howling darkness of a grim winter’s morning. Roads thick with mud, a continuous clamour of heavy vehicles, arc lights splattering incandescent sleet, matching the sputter of welding torch spray. Everywhere a frenetic urgency. It was confusing and . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2019 • Connecticut, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Will Gov. Lamont entertain public input on a wind-only port?

Let’s all humor Gov. Ned Lamont and join him in looking away from the messy scandals at the Connecticut Port Authority and concentrate instead on the wind deal that the troubled agency hatched, a plan that could close the port of New London to traditional cargo for the better part of a generation. If I have the governor’s timetable correct, there will soon be a grand unveiling of the final $93 million plan, as already sketched out in permit applications, . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2019 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Big Wind’s big headwinds

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution that adds the city to the list of municipalities that have committed to a local version of the Green New Deal. More than 100 cities have now declared their intent to obtain all of their electricity from renewables or “clean” energy sources. Furthermore, the Sierra Club claims that one in four Americans now live in communities that are “committed to a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.” While there’s no doubt . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2019 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas town’s lofty environmentalism leaves residents with a nightmare

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Georgetown, Texas – population 75,000 – was to be the new poster child of the green movement. Environmental interest in Georgetown’s big push to generate all of its electricity from wind and solar power was amplified by three factors: the town and its mayor were nominally Republican; Georgetown is in an oil- and natural gas-rich state; and that state is deep-red Texas. Former Vice President Al Gore and other climate change luminaries feted . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2019 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy: why wind power will never be the answer

Wind farms only work with permanent public subsidy. Subsidy comes in various guises. The most obvious is contractual where the operator receives a guaranteed rate for electricity generated or a guaranteed top-up on what he sells his electricity for. Such subsidy is inherently neither problematic nor exceptional. Nuclear power is also heavily subsidised. Wind power is problematic because of its nature. Because they depend on wind, wind farms generate electricity that is unpredictable, intermittent and unreliable. This is unlike nuclear . . . Complete story »

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