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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.

May 1, 2018 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association came to Santa Fe to release its national “market” report for 2017. The slick marketing materials the lobbying organization dispensed at the Roundhouse claimed that wind in the U.S. is “bringing more affordable, clean, and reliable energy while growing the economy.” New Mexico was cited as a “rising star” that “added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.” But AWEA left out more than . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Digging up the Council leaders’ family ties to EDF

Let’s get back to windfarms, shall we? It’s been a few weeks since I wrote anything about it but there has been a lot going on, in terms of the fight between the crofters and French multinational EDF for the right to develop renewables on the land around Stornoway. There has been a huge amount of media attention over the past month – including a seven-minute piece on Channel 4 News – and this has unearthed some apparent conflicts of . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • California, Denmark, Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

If solar and wind are so cheap, why are they making electricity so expensive?

Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become. And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2018 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Paul Krugman’s all-renewable delusion

In 2008, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded a Nobel Prize for “his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity.” Unfortunately, when writing about energy issues in the Times, Krugman doesn’t bother to do any analysis at all. Instead, as he proves yet again with his April 16 column, “Earth, Wind and Liars,” Krugman likes to make glib pronouncements about renewables and how they can save us from climate change while making us richer and sexier. . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2018 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy bill on its way to Governor — what does it mean?

Prefacing his request to pass SB1793 on the Senate Floor on April 11th, Senator Paul Bailey recognized CMPC members who were in attendance. Remarking that CMPC co-founder George Chiarmonte’s efforts in the movement (who recently lost his cancer battle) would be memorialized in TN’s first-ever wind energy regulatory legislation, Sen. Bailey garnered AYE votes of 32 Senators. SB1793, the “Wind Energy Bill” [as Amended and Conformed to its companion House Bill] is now on its way to the Governor’s office . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Not everyone wins with wind

Much has been said lately about Cass County’s proposed industrial wind turbine project. Patricia Benedict’s public forum submission on April 17 has pushed me into writing this article. “Everyone wins with wind” is not correct. She states turbine leaseholders get paid and their neighbors do too. That looks like a win-win but is false. If a neighbor doesn’t sign a good neighbor contract they do not get paid. A neighbor that signs a good neighbor agreement is being compensated for . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar energy can destroy our quality of life

The United States is a giant in the global energy industry, at least currently. This can change if the Russian-funded “keep-it-in-the-ground” folks enjoy continued success in obstructing energy production. Unfortunately, the war against oil and gas has reached Maryland, and it is going to do more than block the construction of pipelines and prevent consumers and businesses from deriving the benefits of affordable shale gas. These groups do not understand or simply do not care if their efforts negatively impact . . . Complete story »

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

Maine needs zones free of windmills, power lines

GLENBURN – Since first hiking into the Maine woods in 1965 as a forester and photographer, I note huge changes in our visual landscape, a key asset for quality of life and tourism. Wind farms and power transmission contribute to the visual degradation, and more is coming. In 1983, my son and I slept overnight in the old Barren Mountain fire tower on the Appalachian Trail. At midnight I peered out the window into a starlit sky, extending in all directions . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2018 • New Mexico, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Caution needed for wind development

New Mexico is rapidly developing its substantial solar and wind energy resources. This is a good thing for the state and for the nation as a whole, as we need to move away from nonrenewable sources for our expanding energy needs. But the state and the nation must recognize that there are other considerations at play than simply developing these resources wherever they can be developed. Up to this point, development of wind and solar energy supplies has been dictated . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines delivering next to nothing to grid despite hysteria

Are we completely insane? Well, almost our entire political class and the overwhelming majority of – self-believing – “clever people” seemingly certainly are. As I write this Wednesday evening, all those wonderful “clean” wind turbines across Victoria and South Australia are pumping out all of 30MW of electricity. They are supposed to have the capacity to produce more than 3400MW – that’s 1½ Hazelwoods. They were operating at less than 1 per cent of capacity. How many times do you have to say . . . Complete story »

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