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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 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.

October 15, 2020 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Horse Heaven wind farm project offers few benefits for Tri-City economy

The Horse Heaven Hills wind farm project planned by Scout Clean Energy (Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, May 2020) would stretch along 24 miles of ridgeline from south of the Tri-Cities at Jump-Off Joe Butte to near Benton City. As many as 212 wind turbines would be placed in several rows, each turbine 500 feet tall. We oppose such large-scale projects that alter our skyline and our outdoor quality of life. The Tri-City region is a hub for electric power . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Boris the blowhard

Boris Johnson’s assertion that we can have every British home running on offshore wind-powered electricity by 2030 has generally been dismissed as bonkers. Even Zion Lights, a former spokesman for Extinction Rebellion, believes he’s talking a load of overblown guff – although she puts it rather more politely. She says data company Aurora Energy Research has calculated that to reach Johnson’s target of generating 40 gigawatts by 2030, one new wind turbine will have to be installed around Britain every . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Facts don’t support putting wind turbines on our lakes

I have to disagree with many of the comments made by the conservation chair of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club in Tom Prohaska’s Sept. 5 article about renewable energy. The assertion that public voices will still be heard under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new Office of Renewable Energy Siting is not accurate. The very point in establishing this new agency was to make sure his renewable policy is advanced despite opposition from the public and affected municipalities. Voices . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2020 • Northern Ireland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Say no to the “giants” in Hilltown

This week’s national papers run with a Discover Northern Ireland campaign about the “magical Mournes” and “embrace a giant spirit”… However there is no mention of the “giants” that are threatening our unique landscape.. ABO Wind Turbines. As you may be aware, receipt of the amended ABO Wind planning application and environmental statement was in the local press two weeks ago. Almost six years on since a first application was made, the multinational wind energy company have returned to their . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2020 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Living in the shadows of wind farm turbine tyrants

The single-track road from Barrhill in South Ayrshire to New Luce in Wigtownshire, winds through conifer forests and across desolate moorland, where cattle and sheep graze. A few miles from Barrhill, a potholed track leads for almost a mile to Dochroyle Farm, the home of Pat Spence. The cobwebs shimmer in the roadside reeds and thistles in the September sunshine. There is unseasonal high pressure, with cloudless blue skies and not even the slightest breeze. The 184 giant, industrial wind . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2020 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power and NIMBY

The term “nimby” is an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard.” It refers to opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations to prevent them. It implies that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. I imagine those Longmont residents who repeatedly call for more of . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Time has come for turbine input

The town of Portland is justifiably amending their wind energy facilities law. There is scheduled to be a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Fire Hall. These hearings are to allow the public a chance to be heard and offer guidance to our elected officials. The proposed law can be viewed at https://townofportland.org/files/Local–Law–Draft–8-20-2020.pdf I am neither for nor against responsibly sited wind or solar energy projects. I am, however, strongly for transparency and honesty when it comes to . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Climate bill foists unpopular decisions onto council

There is one other way in which the global warming debate in Vermont is peculiar, and this is a residue of the years of bitter battles over wind power. Those battles created a rift among environmentalists, with the “establishment” green groups (VNRC, Conservation Law Foundation, etc.) supporting more wind projects while the more off-beat Vermonters for a Clean Environment and Energize Vermont opposed it. The pro-wind forces won most of the battles – five major wind projects dot (or mar, depending on taste) the state’s ridgelines – but lost the war. As one disappointed wind developer put it earlier this year as he abandoned his project, Vermont has “a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy.” But the “winners” of that war remain wary, worrying that any global warming plan could serve as a cover for a campaign for more wind projects. Complete story »

September 20, 2020 • Opinions, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

‘No more wind.’ WA state utility questions efficacy of wind farms for power generation

A road trip through the amazing landscapes of Eastern Washington is like being in a classroom with wheels and a windshield. Even if you never venture off the interstate, you’ll learn a lot just through observation about geography, geology, modern agriculture – and energy policy. A recent – recent, as in the last two decades – addition to those landscapes is the wind farm, each with dozens of three-bladed turbines distributed across ridge tops and slowly churning away as they generate electricity. Those . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Working families should not subsidize renewable energy

Behind the current wildfires are record temperatures driven by climate change. The highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the world was 130 degrees last month in Death Valley. Recent rolling blackouts remind us of California’s wrenching energy crisis 20 years ago. Are we better prepared today to avoid a repeat of such a debacle? Unfortunately, the answer is probably not.  The California Independent System Operator, which operates the electrical grid for the western United States, warned us last year that . . . Complete story »

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