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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Recent writings have indicated that there is much controversy over wind energy in the area. This is true especially in the towns of Somerset and Yates. Apex “Clean Energy,” a Virginia-based company, is proposing Project Lighthouse Wind, a project that will string up to 70 huge, 600-foot-plus industrial wind turbines along 12 miles of the pristine shore of Lake Ontario in Niagara and Orleans counties. There are some who support this activity; however, they are definitely in the minority. The . . .
The war of residents against industrial wind turbines is being fought by rural communities in many countries. Their common enemy is the financially-powerful wind industry, which is failing miserably in its efforts to deliver affordable and reliable electricity. It survives because its revenues are government-contracted. In Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government won’t let local residents win this war. While I’m not comparing the two in scale, Ontario’s wind war does have some things in common with World War II. Both . . .
A recent commentary, “Vermont’s Greenhouse Gas Mandate: Costly, Symbolic Environmentalism,” on reducing Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions by Jonathan Lesser has been broadly disseminated by various Vermont media outlets. Dr. Lesser is president of Continental Economics, and he makes the case that the numbers in the 2016 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan don’t add up. Couple Lesser’s analyses with the fact that Gov. Phil Scott’s newly appointed Climate Action Commission is conducting a “listening tour” around the state during the next month, . . .
I read Alex Burness’ article about how Xcel is morphing into a green energy company (“Xcel an evolving opponent,” Daily Camera, Sept. 3), but there are points that need clarification. The article seemed more like a PR piece for Xcel and Fresh Energy than a critical analysis. What does Xcel mean when they say they are currently at 30 percent “clean energy portfolio”? Are they talking about the nameplate capacity (measured in kilowatts KW) of their generation sources, or the . . .
Seven years ago, in my first column in this series, I wrote of how wind farms were causing much angst in the bush. The column was written less than a week after Julia Gillard became the nation’s first female Prime Minister and days after the federal Renewable Energy Target was legislated, mandating that 20 per cent of Australia’s energy supply must be from renewable resources by 2020. At the time there were eight wind farms in Victoria operating 266 turbines. . . .
The wind industry is the only industry not to pay a production tax when harnessing the state’s natural resources. The most prominent is the gross production tax levied on oil and natural gas, but other industries that benefit from Oklahoma’s bountiful resources, like mining of lead, gold or silver, all pay a production tax. The energy created from the wind turbines that have proliferated on the Oklahoma horizon has a value and the only benefactor has been the international wind developers who have seized on generous government subsidies to build billion-dollar businesses.
Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75 percent reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In 2011, then- Governor Shumlin raised the goal to a 90 percent reduction by 2050, something which the 2016 State Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) discusses in detail. Too bad the numbers don’t add up. Vermont’s mandate is much more than a requirement to supply consumers with . . .
InnoWind (Pty) Ltd., the owners of Grahamstown’s wind farm have recently proposed an extension to the existing wind energy project with nine new turbines on the opposite side of Howison’s Poort to the existing installation. This came to light in a presentation recently made to the Makana Council by InnoWind’s Project Developer Daluvuyo Ntsebeza. The proposal plans six turbines along the mountain ridge to the south of Featherstone Kloof, on the Southern Commonage, and three more on Glenthorpe Farm. Key . . .
Nat Miller and Jim Bennett didn’t have much time to chat. It was about 8:45 on a sunny Sunday morning in early May, and they were loading their gear onto two boats—a 20-foot skiff with a 115-horsepower outboard, and an 18-foot sharpie with a 50-horse outboard—at Lazy Point, on the southern edge of Napeague Bay, on the South Fork of Long Island. “We are working against the wind and the tide,” Miller said as he shook my hand. The men . . .
Wind turbines represent the greatest potential danger to Maine’s forest/tourist economy, yet almost no one has been paying attention to that danger. The danger is from turbine fires caused by friction build-up in the gear boxes and from lightning strikes. No one knows precisely how many turbine fires there have been because neither the federal government nor any state is required to record them. There is one valuable source that the public could consult: the Scotland-based Caithness Windfarm Information Forum – . . .