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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.

January 29, 2018 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The next endangered beauty of nature? Fight against turbines has been ongoing

The Arkwright Town Board has insulted the population of Arkwright by claiming, as reported in the Dunkirk Observer Jan. 9, nobody was there to protest the wind turbines 14 years ago. Yet Roger Cardot is quoted in the same article that Forestville School was used for meetings since the numbers attending meetings were so high. Well attended meetings were the norm and were captured on video at the Town Hall and due to large attendance the Forestville High School. How . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2018 • Indiana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Size matters in ongoing debate over wind turbines

Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell recently voiced his opinion on Cass County’s proposed Wind Farm in a Pharos-Tribune column. His stance seems to be based on the financial benefits of the project. While the opinion of a mayor, if based on sound evidence, is certainly something to consider, it should not be used as supportive evidence for this project. Kitchell acknowledged that the city (his jurisdiction) would not directly benefit from the project. He encouraged Cass County residents to blow with . . . Complete story »

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

A roadmap for wind farm opposition

Without a lot of fanfare, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment approved, with conditions, the Cassadaga Wind LLC project, making it the first project approved under the state’s new Article 10 rules. Wind turbines will be located in “the towns of Cherry Creek, Charlotte, and Arkwright. Turbine heights would be limited to 500 feet in ‘tip”’ height, measured in a straight line from the base of the turbine tower through the hub to the . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2018 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Taking back renewable energy’s taxpayer-funded honeypot

The renewable energy industry exists because of government mandates and taxpayer subsidies. Mega-investor Warren Buffet echoed this statement in his explanation of why his company, Berkshire Hathaway, invests in wind energy: For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit. Notice Buffet didn’t say the taxpayer subsidies are a good reason for investing in wind farms, . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Cleveland’s Icebreaker wind project will be a costly boondoggle

Would you pay $14 for a gallon for gasoline? Would you pay $8 for a dozen eggs? Would you pay $12 for a cup of coffee? Of course you wouldn’t. At least not when you can easily competitively source the identical product elsewhere for a small fraction of the price. However, Cleveland Public Power is on the verge of paying a similarly obscene premium for electricity through the $126 million LEEDCo Icebreaker wind farm project. My company, Brakey Energy, provides . . . Complete story »

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

Maine Compass: State has reached its limit on wind power

Maine people are preparing for battle, as historic decisions are being made this month in Boston. The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, a competitive solicitation for renewable power, has attracted proposals to develop industrial-scale wind energy that could more than triple the installed wind projects now in Maine. Nobody appreciates a clean environment like Mainers. But when it comes to hosting wind plantations, we have had enough. A decade ago Maine generally viewed wind energy as necessary and useful. Wind was . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!

The death blow to the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) may come from unexpected quarters – renewable energy projects. As 2017 drew to a close, one GIB crashed against a power transmission line, one of the few remaining that criss-cross its last stronghold- the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Its burnt, ravaged carcass was found the next day, making it the ninth GIB to be killed by a transmission line, mainly of wind power, in the past decade. In July . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Look out for this left-leaning environmental group posing as conservatives

When an organization markets itself as “conservative” while promoting big government solutions under the banner of a misleading poll, it’s time to take a hard look at what makes them tick. Earlier this month, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum released a statewide poll aimed at voters who identify as either Republican or conservative that showed the respondents are keen on green energy. The timing is no accident as the Ohio General Assembly is set to hold hearings on mandates for . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Building more wind farms doesn’t make sense

Warren Buffett has said that building wind turbines makes no sense without the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). I wanted to know why industrial wind is being pushed in Iowa when it makes no sense, so I called MidAmerican Energy and asked to speak with Bill Fehrman. They told me he was their president; I could speak with someone in their public relations department instead. I left my name and told them I was a board member of the Coalition . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Ocean City faces a legacy-defining decision

Forces are quickly aligning in Maryland to build large industrial power generation projects within eyesight off the coast of Ocean City. Much of the conversation over the location and size of these projects has happened without Ocean City’s direct participation. However, this pending decision weighs heavily on me, as a fifth-generation Eastern Shoreman. It will permanently change what we see, and what we expect to see, when sitting on Maryland’s world-class beach. The project was born from then-Gov. Martin O’Malley’s . . . Complete story »

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