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.
In response to the recent letter to the editor by Brian Minish, Lincoln County Commissioners are not stuck in the past. They may have indicated several years ago that a wind farm looked somewhat appealing until they did their homework. When they began to learn about the facts and problems surrounding the industrial wind energy that Minish is proposing, they did exactly what the citizens of the county elected them to do; they put the current and future safety of . . .
Welcome to 2017, the year the environmental left decided to publicly take issue with ideologically driven energy source preference mandates. A Wyoming bill intended to mandate a source preference for traditional sources like coal in utility scale electricity generation has environmentalists in a veritable tizzy. “Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Wind and Solar,” sensationally claims EcoWatch, a self-styled environmental news site that leans left. Senate File 71 does indeed penalize utility scale wind and solar. The bill punishes these energy sources by charging utilities a . . .
The construction of wind turbines, and the establishment and expansion of so-called “wind farms,” is a continuing effort in Iowa. A number of Iowa landowners are being presented with a proposal by the wind energy companies to sign or not sign a wind turbine “leasement” (a combination of a lease and an easement). We see different levels of interest in our area near Royal in Clay County in northwest Iowa. So few people are willing to sign, that the wind . . .
In 2008, then-Gov. John Baldacci worked with a very cooperative Legislature to craft a special zoning and permitting process that significantly aided developers seeking to capitalize on Maine’s rural resources for large-scale wind power projects. Developers promised massive “green” benefits for Maine’s energy generation, a huge economic impact with hundreds of high-paying jobs, all while showering small rural towns and unorganized territories and county governments with millions of dollars through the Wind Power Law’s Community Benefits provision. These enticements lured . . .
Whenever it comes to light, the hypocrisy of some environmental-related government decisions is mind boggling. Even worse is when green lobby groups fall into ideologically driven silence on such decisions. The latest environmental absurdity is the decision of the US government to finalize a rule that will allow wind energy companies to kill and injure thousands of federally-protected bald and golden eagles. It gets worse, the Obama administration states that the new rule will actually conserve the eagles – it . . .
My respect for University of Cincinnati Professor Joe Tomain is deep, but I need no energy policy lessons from him. I agree that there are no truly free markets, but Ohio’s electric generation market is now unregulated. Natural gas, with which Ohio is bountifully blessed, sets the price as the preferred electricity fuel to the exclusion of coal, nuclear, wind and solar. Ohio electric utilities no longer enjoy any guaranteed government-supported monopoly on the generation side of their business. However, . . .
Why is a Vermont developer seeking to blast important ridgeline habitat to install seven 499-foot-tall industrial wind towers near a residential Vermont neighborhood? Why is this developer seeking to build his wind plant when no Vermont electric utility wants to buy his power? The Vermont utilities have said that the cost of the power is too high, they do not need the power, and they will not support a project that the host town opposes (the town of Swanton, Vermont . . .
Yes, areas known as the “wind belt” in both South Dakota and Nebraska are a tempting target (no pun intended) for turbines promising lucrative pay-offs for landowners (upon whose land the structures would be erected), as well as tax moneys for local communities and counties struggling to finance a laundry list of public services. Consequently, it’s “the goose that laid the golden egg” from a financial standpoint. That helps to explain why, back in 2009, a large number of farmers . . .
I am writing in response to the article on wind turbines near Hudson in the Dec. 27 Courier, and the subsequent editorial in the Jan. 4 edition. Both articles quote the RPMA representative saying “the design hasn’t happened yet, we don’t know where the turbines are going to be.” On Oct. 3, 37 turbine locations were received by the Federal Aviation Administration, and two more were added Dec. 13, all submitted by RPMA. On Dec. 27, all 39 turbines advanced . . .
The Golden West Wind Energy Center, owned by NextEra Energy Resources and located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. More than a year later, some residents living within the wind farm’s footprint are still experiencing negative physical and psychological effects from the 145, 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, with no solution in sight. According to the September 2015 issue of “The New Falcon Herald,” the wind farm effects ranged from feeling dizzy and nauseous to concerns . . .