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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 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.

July 11, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca County case sets Ohio’s wind energy debate on new path

The longstanding debate over how much society is willing to sacrifice private property rights in order to erect mammoth, commercial-scale wind turbines has been energized – perhaps even electrified, if you will – by the Ohio Power Siting Board. In a surprise move, the OPSB unanimously agreed on June 24 that it will not allow the proposed 47-turbine Republic Wind Farm to be built in Seneca County. It’s a surprise move not because there was fierce opposition – which there was – but because . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • Illinois, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Column: Why I’m concerned about wind energy project

If you’ve watched horror movies, chances are you’ve been unnerved by inaudible frequencies below 20 hertz: infrasound. Filmmakers exploit infrasound – a force that can trigger insomnia, panic, visual disturbance (including seeing ghosts) – to increase audience emotion (fear, tension, chills, anxiety, sorrow, powerlessness). Infrasound occurs when large masses move; its measurers monitor earthquakes, eruptions, tornadoes. Whales and elephants use infrasound to communicate through water or ground across miles. And industrial turbines generate infrasound whenever their blades rotate. Unheard but . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills aren’t the answer to increasing energy needs

Fact: What was the book George Washington bought immediately after signing the Constitution? The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote. I had no idea Washington had such a great sense of humor. I feel a kindred spirit with the great man as I begin this letter to try to kill the windmills that could be forming on our horizons in a few years. In 2019, Michael Moore produced a movie called “Planet of the Humans,” exposing the alternative . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • Netherlands, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

New wind parks in the Netherlands frustrated by court ruling

On 30 June 2021, the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State) issued its judgment in a case regarding the provincial executive (Gedeputeerde Staten) of Groningen’s permit issuance for the expansion of a wind park close to Delfzijl. According to the Administrative Jurisdiction Division, the general wind turbine standards currently used to license the realization of the majority of wind farms do not comply with European rules. The current Dutch standards are included in . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Leases of vacant land for solar farms pose great risks to owners

Today’s story will be of special interest to anyone who owns acreage – typically agricultural – in areas of the country which receive plentiful sunlight or wind, ideal for the construction of a solar or wind farm. Unless you are careful, some smooth-talking representative of an energy farm developer could have you walking into quicksand. Never, never, never trust the nice people from these companies to have your best interest in mind. They do not, as “Dr. Jim” discovered. The Baltimore surgeon . . . Complete story »

July 5, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Editor’s Log: #NJFORSALE

New Jersey is a “Home Rule” state. Very much like the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gives states the constitutional authority to decide what’s best for their constituents, Home Rule is written into some state constitutions to allow towns and municipalities to govern themselves, so long as they don’t disobey existing constitutional provisions. In fast-tracking industrial windfarms off the Jersey Coast, the Murphy and Biden administrations have run into a constitutional snag at both the state and federal . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2021 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Nimbys are not selfish. We’re just trying to stop the destruction of nature

If there’s one word in the English language that I’d like to get rid of, it’s nimby. The acronym – for “not in my back yard” – is often used by developers and politicians to deride local protesters who stand up to housebuilding. “Nimbys”, they claim, are self-interested, live in nice houses, in nice places and want to deny these privileges to newcomers. In my opinion, the word is a spectacular example of how language can stand reality on its . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio legislature passes solar and wind project siting and approval bill

It’s been a long and winding road to the Governor’s desk for Senate Bill 52, the controversial bill on siting and approval of large-scale wind and solar facilities in Ohio. The bill generated opposition and concern from the outset, requiring a major overhaul early on. A substitute bill passed the Senate on June 2 after six hearings and hundreds of witnesses testifying for and against the bill. It took the House five hearings to pass a further revised version of . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm south of Lompoc agrees to pay for use of local roadways

The Lompoc City Council, on June 15, approved a deal to allow Strauss Wind LLC to transport numerous oversized loads through the city to a “green energy” project they are building south of the city. I placed “green energy” in quotes since the manufacturing of wind farm components – lubricants used to keep the 29 turbines spinning, circuit boards, cable insulation, fuel for maintenance and construction vehicles, and virtually everything including the employees clothing needed to keep the project functioning over . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2021 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Commercial solar and wind projects harm Iowa counties

Iowa has a growing commercial solar and wind problem. One of the key problems is that solar and wind developers are circumventing our county governments. When those developers seek to develop a project in the county, they don’t first come in and talk to the county supervisors, zoning board, or any elected officials. They never ask what the best location for these projects might be, even though the county has a comprehensive land use plan, zoning ordinance, and land drainage . . . Complete story »

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