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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 14, 2018 • Nevada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Whither renewable power after wind farm rejected?

The Bureau of Land Management has rejected a bid by a Swedish firm to construct a mammoth wind turbine project on the Nevada side of the border with California near Searchlight. The Crescent Peak Wind Project was to have covered 32,000 acres of public land with as many as 220 wind turbines standing 400 to 600 feet tall and generating 500 megawatts of power. The proposed site is adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve and the Castle Mountain National Monument . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Isn’t the job of planning authorities to facilitate wind farm development?

Residents who brought their legitimate concerns about a wind farm to a local authority should have been treated with respect, says Special Correspondent Michael Clifford. Is it the job of planning authorities to facilitate wind farm development? Or should the focus be on scrutinising that they comply with the law? The questions may well be asked in light of a decision from An Bord Pleanála last week. The board ruled that a wind farm in Co Waterford was operating with . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Galloo Island windmills threaten migrating birds

Apex Clean Energy is distributing a postcard in New York posing the question: “Do Wind Turbines Really Kill Birds?” Unfortunately, there is no doubt: They do. American Bird Conservancy has major concerns about Apex’s plan to build 30, 585-foot tall wind turbines, with blades measuring 180 feet long, on Galloo Island in Lake Ontario. The island is a breeding area for Bald and Golden Eagles and other raptors, including Osprey, and is along a major bird migration route. The postcard . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

How does Longmont’s commitment to birds square with reliance on wind power?

The city and residents of Longmont are obviously committed to wildlife preservation. The city’s wildlife management plan is an evidence of that commitment. Special attention is given to the protection of the bird population. The plan includes a specific raptor nest monitoring and protection program. Emphasis is placed on the safety of migratory birds but all birds are valued. And undoubtedly this concern for wildlife also extends to bats. Bats control insects, especially mosquitoes. And some bats also serve as . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind turbines really good for economy, environment?

In a column Saturday, Gordon Gray of sPower replied to some questions. I feel that some of his answers leave out enough facts to cause misdirection in the minds of those who have not thoroughly researched wind projects. Here is my reply to Mr. Gray’s comments: 1. True, the Seneca Wind project will connect to the same grid that serves Seneca County. 2. The Seneca Wind project, just like every other wind project, will have an effect on electricity prices, . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2018 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Dark warnings over rush to green energy

Much is made of the changing energy landscape in the context of the urgent battle against climate change. Despite the US President’s impulsive, ill-founded scepticism, there seems little reason to doubt the veracity of authoritative reports about the dangers posed by climate change. A UN report warns that countries have not been taking the necessary action to avert the worst consequences. The Scottish Government has rightly been commended for its many commitments, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to supporting decarbonisation . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Hoodwinking Hoosiers in the name of renewables

Under a renewable energy proposal from Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), Indiana consumers would face a 12 percent electricity rate hike, which will cost the average household more than $100 per year in additional electricity costs. NIPSCO is justifying its renewable power rate hike by asserting renewable power saves consumers money, but there’s absolutely no truth to these claims. Indiana ranks seventh in the nation in coal production and generates 68 percent of its power from coal. Together, affordable . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2018 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing in the wind

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were scheduled to attend a family soiree at a historic lodge on Webb Lake, near Mount Blue State Park. Since we had not spent much time in this area before, we arrived early to allow time for some sightseeing. The highlight was a stunning vista from Linda Bean’s farm, looking south across white-capped Webb Lake. The blue water, surrounded by spectacular fall foliage, with Saddleback Ridge as the backdrop, provided the type . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lighthouse Wind Project is not clean, not wanted

The Apex “forum” on the proposed Lighthouse Wind Project held last month at Lyndonville High School was a staged propaganda event. It was an effort to indoctrinate the public and suppress comment and reaction. It was the culmination of a monthlong barrage of mailings intended to convince a community overwhelmingly opposed to the project of the benefits of an industrial wind turbine complex. The project is illegal per town laws in Somerset and Yates. These laws were carefully crafted to . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Hawaii, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

It’s real property because we said so!

Today we look at a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits. Once upon a time there were a couple of companies that constructed some large wind turbines on mountain ridges on Maui. The wind farms aren’t cheap. The first one, built on the West Maui Mountains, cost $69 million to construct. This caught the attention of alert real property assessors in Maui County, who . . . Complete story »

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