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

August 12, 2018 • Illinois, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A level playing field? Hardly

Kankakee County and other government bodies try to be fair when they hear zoning issues, giving everyone a say. Still, it’s hard to erase the advantages that big companies have over individual citizens. I’ve seen these advantages at hearings for solar and wind farms. At these meetings, companies typically have a team of experts who have been preparing their proposals for months, if not years. Residents near proposed wind and solar projects might have just a few weeks and sometimes . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Icebreaker wind project is not what it seems

It is hard to know where to start dissecting the slick spin-doctoring recently published in The Blade’s Op-Ed pages by LEEDCo, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., which wants to erect North America’s first freshwater offshore wind-turbines in central Lake Erie off Cleveland. So-doing would reach far beyond the scope of a newspaper “op-ed.” Beth Nagusky, LEEDCo’s director of sustainable development, is a master at cherrypicking and parading obscure statements as a fait-accompli. Her contentions about the goodness of the . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine companies shoot for dubious history

As Villenova and Hanover decide whether to allow 600-foot wind turbines in the rustic scenic hills of Chautauqua County, the question is: Will they become the first to be the worst? So far, there are no 600-foot wind turbines on land in the U.S. RES, Invenergy, Apex, NextEra, etc. – are all fast at work trying to make it to 600 feet, and they have targeted Western New York. The same ‘selling’ or ‘taking’ we see in Chautauqua County is going . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2018 • Louisiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

La. dodges bullet on Wind Catcher

If we needed any reminder why Texas outpaces Louisiana in so many ways, witness how the Lone Star State last week mooted a bad decision by the Louisiana Public Service Commission made in part by northwest Louisiana’s Foster Campbell. In June, the PSC gave a green light to the Windcatcher Project. This would have spent $4.5 billion to build a wind farm and transmission line to provide power for Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Even though it would not have . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2018 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Let’s hope plans blow over for Lompoc Valley wind-energy project

Soon, the ranches and rural dwellings in Miguelito Canyon might be surrounded with a forest of wind turbines. A report in Noozhawk says the “Strauss Wind Energy Project, proposed by a San Diego-based division of German firm BayWa AG, seeks to install 30 wind tower generators on approximately 3,000 acres southwest of Lompoc’s city limit.” According to the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development website: “The SWEP includes a new power transmission line to be constructed by Strauss that would . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2018 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

R-Project puts too much at risk

Is it OK to kill an endangered species and destroy a Nebraska treasure unique to the world so a handful of people can make money off the federal government? We’re about to find out. According to the Audubon Society, there are about 603 whooping cranes left in three different flocks, two of which stay in the southern United States and do not migrate. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 431 whooping cranes are in the one flock that . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Consumers are going to lose in Cuomo’s bet on wind energy

During his successful 1932 run for the White House, New York Gov. Franklin Roosevelt campaigned hard on the issue of electricity affordability. In a speech in Portland, Ore., he told voters that as governor, he had made sure that the New York Public Service Commission was acting “as an agent of the public.” Because electric utilities are monopolies, government’s job was to ensure consumers get a “fair deal” – “adequate service and reasonable rates.” Alas, under Gov. Cuomo – who’s lining up . . . Complete story »

July 23, 2018 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The myth of 100 percent clean energy

Recent opinion pieces have suggested Loveland should move to a 100 percent renewable energy supply. I believe this to be just another utopian fantasy. As energy sources, wind and solar suffer from three basic deficiencies – they are inherently weak, intermittent and expensive. Consider, for example, replacing a typical 1,000 megawatt coal-fired or natural gas-fired power plant, which occupies less than one square mile of land. A comparable wind farm would consist of 3,000-3,500 turbines covering an area of 200-300 square . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Kuntz: Are wind turbines worth it?

In his Wednesday, July 11 column on wind power in North Iowa, Merlin Bartz chose to highlight what he perceives as positives of the wind energy industry. There are both pros and cons. Construction of a wind power facility creates a lot of jobs for road work, excavation, and cement hauling, but they are temporary. The specialized work of installing the turbines is typically done by people the turbine manufacturer brings in from outside of the community. After the turbines . . . Complete story »

July 15, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy boondoggle

MidAmerican Energy has plans to take Iowa to 100% renewable energy. Our giant utility companies are running over Iowans to make this happen. Hundreds of people are negatively affected at every installation and hundreds more with every extra wind energy transmission line. Affected Iowans have no real say. Many protested at public meetings, collected petitions, hired attorneys and filed lawsuits but the promise of money won the local governments. Iowans have no power of recall, no referendum. Even the Iowa . . . Complete story »

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