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  • If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

    04/24/2018 5:49:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    forbes.com ^ | April 23, 2018 | Michael Shellenberger
    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 turbines per watt declined by 50 percent. And yet — during the same period — the price of electricity in...
  • Wind energy takes a toll on birds, but now there's help

    04/17/2018 8:58:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 17, 2018 | by Tom Metcalfe
    With more than 50,000 wind turbines in place across the U.S., wind power now accounts for 8 percent of the nation's energy-generating capacity — and experts predict that figure could rise to 20 percent by 2030. But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation's wildlife. Researchers estimate that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the turbines' spinning rotor blades and support towers. The risk to birds is highest at night, when the blades and towers are cloaked in darkness. Now researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have...
  • So You Want Wind Turbines But Don’t Want Copper Mines?

    04/13/2018 6:34:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    American Experiment ^ | April 11, 2018 | Isaac Orr
    Windmills use an enormous amount of copper. For example, a single wind turbine can contain 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, 3 tons of aluminum and 700-plus pounds of rare earth minerals. ... In fact, wind and solar energy use more copper than conventional forms of energy, such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. Conventional power plants require about one ton of copper to produced one megawatt of electricity, whereas wind and solar can require between three to five tons per megawatt. ... Make no mistake, switching from reliable sources of electricity like coal, natural gas,...
  • Parkland Student Alex Wind: ‘If You Take Money From the NRA, You Have Chosen DEATH!"

    03/24/2018 7:29:09 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 98 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 24, 2018 | Justin Baragona
    A number of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students made speeches at today’s March For Our Lives rally for gun reform. One of those students, Alex Wind, took particular aim at pro-gun politicians and the NRA, using some very strong words in the process. “In the wake of the tragedy on February 14th, we as students, as youth, decided that if adults weren’t going to take action, we would,” Wind said, referencing the tragic Parkland shooting. “No gun-related legislation has been passed in this country since 2008. Ten years ago!” Saying mass shootings need to stop, Wind criticized those proposing the solution...
  • Government Closes Because The Wind In DC Is Wild

    03/02/2018 7:24:37 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2018 | Thomas Phippen
    The federal government closed Friday morning due to high wind and resulting issues like power outages and fear of accidents, the Office of Personnel Management stated. The powerful storm barreling toward the Northeast resulted in cooler temperatures and wind gusts over 60 MPH, classifying it as an extreme storm in the Washington, D.C., area. Commuter trains Virginia Railway Express and the Maryland Rail Commuter were canceled, and the Metro was running slower during the above-ground sections. Most area schools were closed, as is the D.C. government, but federal employees who are approved for telework may work from home, GovExec reports....
  • Smart, Switch, Sweat, and Shiver

    02/19/2018 11:32:49 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    ileanajohnson.com ^ | 2/17/2018 | ILEANA JOHNSON
    The federal government in Canada has moved to pass coal phase-out legislation into law with its Just Transition Task Force in favor of “clean energy.” “The end of coal power will help usher in a new era for renewable energy,” said David Suzuki Foundation director of science and policy Ian Bruce. “With conventional coal-fired power officially headed for the history books, people across the country can literally breathe easier about the future of energy production.” “This is yet another signal that dirty, outdated energy sources are on their way out,” said the Foundation’s lead climate campaigner and senior policy analyst...
  • Maryland green energy projects encounter headwinds from worried neighbors

    12/20/2017 12:48:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 20, 2017 | by Scott Dance
    David Friend began scouting the former strip coal mine here 16 years ago, with visions that it could one day produce a different sort of energy. The developer persuaded landowners along the blustery ridge in Western Maryland to bless his plans for more than two dozen wind turbines that would tower more than 40 stories high. But after a years-long battle with Allegany County officials and concerned neighbors — a saga that has passed through the local zoning board and state Public Service Commission, and reached Maryland’s highest court — the clear-cut hilltops remain bare. The modern windmills that are...
  • No one satisfied with new Vermont wind power sound rules

    11/14/2017 11:29:37 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies
    PennEnergy ^ | 11/13/17 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press
    An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing, contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to ended up upsetting both proponents of wind power and those who say the noise poses a health risk to people who live near turbines. Proponents of using industrial wind projects as part of Vermont's long-term goal of getting 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050 say the new wind rules will make achieving that goal more difficult, if not impossible. "These rules will certainly have a chilling effect on wind energy in...
  • Hurricane force winds coming to Upper NE/New Brunswick- 90 to 100 mph gusts!

    10/28/2017 1:47:36 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 18 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 10/28/17 | MrMBB333 video blogger on Youtube
    Video at link. Full title: Hurricane force winds coming to Upper NE/New Brunswick- 90 to 100 mph gusts! He uses Ventusky.com and it shows/projects high winds upper northeast area and calls out specific areas. Hurricane force winds projected for early hours (2 am) of Monday, October 30 but I note that he also specifies Monday 10 am wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour in New Brunswick area. Winds projected to be 90 miles per hour in some areas (New Hampshire) and strong winds, gusts in some surrounding areas (Maine?).
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...
  • Study: Solar panels a looming toxic 'crisis'

    07/01/2017 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/30/2017 | Alicia Powe
    The solar-energy industry has been touted for years as the environmentally safe alternative. After all, solar panels merely absorb the sun’s energy and transfer it to consumers. No oily pipelines, no obstructions to the nation’s waterways. But it appears all is not well for fans of the industry. Discarded solar panels, piling up around the world, are detrimental to the environment, according to a new study by Environmental Progress. And carcinogenic. And teratogenic. While environmentalist have warned for decades of the hazard of nuclear power, solar panels produce 300 times more toxic waste per unity of energy than nuclear power...
  • Wind Energy Meets Just 0.46% Of Global Energy Demand—Despite Hundreds Of Billions In Investment

    06/27/2017 11:12:16 AM PDT · by Thalean · 44 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | June 26, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Between 2013 and 2014, using IEA data, global demand for energy grew by 2,000 terawatt hours. Let’s figure out how many wind turbines we’d need to build to meet this growing demand—we’ll ignore the fact that “environmentalists” would like us to simultaneously replace existing generating capacity. Given that a standard two-megawatt wind turbine can produce 0.005 terawatt hours per year, we’d need to build some 350,000 wind turbines to meet this demand. That’s 50% more turbines than we’ve build since the year 2000. And it gets worse: at a standard density of 1 megawatt per 50 acres of land, we’d...
  • DELINGPOLE: DONALD TRUMP IS SO RIGHT TO WAGE WAR ON WIND FARMS…

    05/12/2017 7:49:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12 May 2017 | BY JAMES DELINGPOLE
    Donald Trump is not a fan of wind turbines, as he has hinted occasionally on Twitter. Not only are wind farms disgusting looking, but even worse they are bad for people’s health http://t.co/2G8YrOUZ (cont) http://t.co/NujHgnXU — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2012 Wind farms are killing many thousands of birds. They make hunters look like nice people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012 It’s Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2012 But there’s a very powerful lobby which would...
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • Sand dunes but no beach; a Martian breeze

    03/13/2017 9:28:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    oilpro ^ | 22 hours ago | Brian Ricketts
    Despite the obvious similarities between Martian and Terrestrial dunes, one in-depth analysis has led a couple of researchers (Gary Kocurek and Ryan Ewing, see below) to suggest that there are also important differences.
  • Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County

    03/07/2017 8:01:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2017 | Tom Gantert
    A corporation called Apex Clean Energy has proposed building as many as 60 wind turbines in Shiawassee County — some up to 600 feet tall. That is about 20 percent higher than the tallest wind turbines currently in Michigan, which are 494 feet tall. It’s also just about the same height as The Guardian building, which is listed at 495 feet tall, in downtown Detroit. The expansion of wind farms into many Michigan communities is being driven by a mandate in the state’s utility regulation law.
  • Mouth of Camel Rock Now Gone

    02/05/2017 2:16:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    KOB4 ^ | February 03, 2017 | Brittany Costello
    Camel Rock is a landmark along the interstate betwSanta Fe and Espanola. It's a pile of rocks that look like a camel sitting down. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it. But Camel Rock now looks a little bit different. It's hard to tell from a distance but up close, it's easy notice a huge chunk of rock that created the camel’s mouth is now gone. When compared side by side, it’s easy to see. “I feel sad. I feel sad,” said Vincent Lopez, who lives nearby in Nambe. “It's Camel Rock. I mean, you could compare it to...
  • Wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly

    12/06/2016 9:58:36 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    peninsuladailynews.com ^ | December 4, 2016 | Paul Gottlieb
    Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park. The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power — $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings — that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them. They have not been activated because the city is involved in an inspection-related dispute with the manufacturer, UGE International Ltd. of New York City, Community and...
  • Green Energy Companies Helped Bankroll Tribe Behind Dakota Protests(warpath)

    11/17/2016 7:46:23 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/17/2016 | Chris White
    Two green energy companies contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the American Indian tribe spearheading a months-long demonstration against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Standing Rock Sioux voted unanimously April 5 to accept two $150,000 donations from ConEdison Development and Fagen Inc., both of which have partnered up to build windmills in the North Dakota area, according to internal documents kept by the tribe. ConEdison Development acquired land near Standing Rock’s reservation and began construction on a wind power facility last year. Fagen was a contractor on the project. The $250,000 donations to the tribe were meant...
  • Michigan Energy Battle May Mean More 500 Foot Wind Turbines in Communities

    11/09/2016 10:08:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Residents in some rural communities are concerned that a deal in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature to increase renewable energy mandates on utilities will result in their homes being surrounded by 500-foot-tall industrial wind turbines. The deal is the result of lawmakers trying to satisfy three special interests that have competing goals as they rewrite the state utility regulation law. Senate Bill 437, introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, would amend a current law that allows non-monopoly electricity generation firms to compete for up to 10 percent of Michigan’s commercial and industrial electric power market. Customers of these generators believe...