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  • Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

    06/26/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office said was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million. The former governor trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan's economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy...
  • US windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought

    05/21/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by kingattax · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 21, 2014 | Mark Duchamp
    America’s wind farms are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually Originally published by The ECO Report The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass). By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030 (1). This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the...
  • This is why wind energy can neither have nor produce nice things

    05/08/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/7/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The wind lobby has yet to give up on their quest to renew the egregiously generous production tax credit that essentially keeps the wind industry afloat by providing 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of energy output during the first ten years of a given project’s operation; that lucrative subsidy expired on January 1st of this year, but it wouldn’t be the first time — or the second, or the third – that Congress has belatedly bestowed a retroactive extension. Most recently, the wind industry was awarded a one-year extension of the credit at the start of 2013, with the new...
  • Feds give Chinese-backed firm $47 million to build wind farm N.J. doesn’t want

    05/08/2014 7:10:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    New Jersey regulators rejected a Chinese-backed windmill project twice, but that didn’t stop the Department of Energy. The federal government has awarded $47 million to sweeten the deal for a $188 million project the Garden State has deemed too risky for ratepayers. ... The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities concluded in April that the Chinese company did not demonstrate financial integrity.
  • 4 dead after small plane crashes into South Dakota wind farm in fog

    04/29/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    ap ^ | April 28, 2014
    A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers. ... Similar conditions contributed to a 2008 crash in southeast Minnesota. Federal investigators concluded the pilot of a 1948 Cessna 140 lacked proper instrument training for the day's foul weather. The National Transportation Safety Board's probable cause report also noted the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane while maneuvering around a wind farm.
  • GOP: Administration stonewalling on bird deaths (at wind farms)

    03/26/2014 2:20:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 5:12 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a “deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers” for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds. An Associated Press investigation last year revealed that the...
  • 5 million Scottish trees felled for wind farms

    01/02/2014 12:03:58 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2nd January 2014 | ILONA AMOS
    ONLY a fraction of Scottish forests felled to make way for wind farms have been replanted, figures show, sparking calls for a ban on new developments. Forestry Commission statistics reveal that about five million trees – almost one for every person in Scotland – have been cut down to clear space for turbines in the past six years but less than a third of them have been replaced. Of the 2,510 hectares stripped of woodland to make way for turbines since 2007, just 792 hectares were reforested after construction was completed. The Scottish Conservatives, who obtained the figures through a...
  • Native Americans Protest Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

    12/28/2013 5:21:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Heartland ^ | 12/26/13 | H. Sterling Burnett
    **SNIP** The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest national organization of tribal governments, along with attorneys representing the Osage Nation and 20 Arizona tribes, met with the White House to discuss the FWS’ eagle “take” rules. After the meeting, the NCAI passed a resolution accusing the administration of failing to consult meaningfully with tribes while pursuing a rule to lengthen eagle take permits for wind farms from five to 30 years. The resolution said eagle permits should not be issued without the consent of affected tribes. **SNIP** Wind farms must be located where the wind blows...
  • Wind farm operator says eagle deaths overestimated

    12/24/2013 12:12:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 31 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site. They say they’re planning a variety of measures to reduce eagle deaths at the $5 billion Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind power project south of Rawlins, and those steps will result in fewer deaths than the BLM estimate of 46-64 per year.
  • Eagle slaughter: Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years

    09/11/2013 2:26:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.~~snip~~ The study also excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year.
  • Electricity Prices

    08/29/2013 2:53:30 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Britain Gallery ^ | Enza Ferreri
    Romney Marsh Wind Farm, Kent/East Sussex * Why do Britons pay much higher electricity prices than before? Because, by government decision, as consumers they have to subsidize low-carbon methods of energy generation, in particular wind farms. There are 4 words that best describe wind turbines for energy production: inefficient, unreliable, very expensive. Wind power is the most costly form of electricity generation. Many British households, no less than 1 in 4, are already suffering from a newly-labelled condition, "fuel poverty", in which energy bills expenditure makes up 10% or more of the household's net income. We've got to the...
  • Wind Farms Warming Texas

    04/29/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    Discovery News ^ | April 29, 2012 | Eric Niiler
    New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution. Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms. "Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation...
  • Falmouth, MA, Votes to Take-down wind turbines

    02/26/2013 7:17:18 AM PST · by pabianice · 15 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 2/26/13 | litton51@hotmail.com
    In April, 2011, Wind 1 went online near Falmouth, MA's waste plant. The 262 feet tall structure -- 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown -- has blades that extend almost 400 feet, which is about half the height of the John Hancock Building in Boston, reported WGBH-TV. Complaints started almost immediately. According to Fox, Wind 2 is ready to go online but the town said 'enough is enough.' The 262-foot eyesores have created a storm of protests from residents, many of whom blame numerous health problems on the turbine already in use. The blades' low frequency vibrations...
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • Surprise! Treasury IG probing multi-million-dollar fraud in green-energy grants, tax credits

    12/14/2012 11:25:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:41 pm on December 14, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And the probe doesn’t involve some bit players in an obscure program, either.  The 1603 Program was one of the centerpieces of Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus, designed to subsidize a transition from hydrocarbon-based energy to renewables in the residential market, and federal government sunk $13 billion into the effort.  Now the Inspector General of Treasury has opened a probe of the three largest providers of solar panel installations, who gained the most from the 1603 Program, and who may have fraudulently calculated their bills in order to claim more taxpayer cash: Three of the country’s most prolific installers of...
  • Virginia among 3 states to auction wind farm leases

    12/01/2012 1:06:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Virginia-Pilot via HamptonRoads.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Scott Harper
    Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be the first three states to sell leases for the right to develop offshore wind farms, U.S. government officials said Friday. The leases will be auctioned online, probably in the first half of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency overseeing the sales. The auctions will determine which energy company, utility or entrepreneur gets to build huge wind turbines and reap clean electricity from them in designated areas in the Atlantic Ocean. Costs are expected to be in the billions.No offshore wind farms exist today in the United States,...
  • Report: Wind tax credits subsidize ‘killing of federally protected birds’

    10/05/2012 11:19:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 5, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    The government is effectively subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds, according to a report which highlights a wide range of subsidies given to the wind industry. “If Congress extends the PTC, federal taxpayers will, in effect, be subsidizing the killing of federally protected birds,” writes Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the report’s author. “Despite numerous violations, the Obama administration — like the Bush administration before it — has unofficially exempted the wind industry from prosecution under the Eagle Protection and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts,” Bryce continues. “By exempting the wind industry from prosecution under the...
  • UK: Ministers delay plans to axe subsidies for wind farms

    07/17/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2012 | Robert Winnett, and James Kirkup
    Ministers have delayed plans to axe Government subsidies for wind farms after another disagreement between the Conservatives and their coalition partners Liberal Democrats. Chris Huhne, the former Climate Change Secretary, had blocked any subsidy cuts The Government was poised to announce a 25 per cent cut in wind farm subsidies today after warnings from George Osborne that the taxpayer support was too generous. The planned deal, phased in over several years, also involved a system of community grants to encourage wind farm development in some areas as part of a “complex package”. Sources claim that Ed Davey, the Climate Change...
  • State Officials Don't Like Scientists Report on Windmill Noise; Write Their Own Rules

    07/07/2012 4:24:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A panel of experts who were appointed to work toward noise level guidelines for wind turbines in Michigan had their work discarded when state bureaucrats didn't like what the panel was coming up with and made up their own rules instead. As a result, there is now no specific state recommended decibel level limit for wind turbines. This means wind turbines can operate at 55 dBA (decibels adjusted to reflect the ear's response to sound), which is the standard Michigan had followed for at least two years. The panel was promoting reducing that level to 40 dBA...
  • Wind farm scam a huge cover-up [Australia]

    ONE of the great popular misconceptions about climate-change sceptics such as Ian Plimer, Bob Carter, Cardinal George Pell and me is that we're all Big-Oil-funded, Gaia-ravaging, nature-hating emissaries of Satan. We can't look at a lovely pristine beach, apparently, without praying for a nice, juicy oil slick to turn up and wipe out all the pelicans and turtles and sea otters. But this isn't actually true. I love our beautiful planet at least as much as your $180,000-a-year (for a three-day week) climate commissioner Tim Flannery does. One of my great heroes is Patrick Moore, the Canadian co-founder of Greenpeace...
  • Night-Warming Effect Found Over Large Wind Farms in Texas

    05/02/2012 1:24:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 30, 2012 | NA
    Large wind farms in certain areas in the United States appear to affect local land surface temperatures, according to a paper published April 30 in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Liming Zhou, an atmospheric scientist at the State University of New York- (SUNY) Albany, provides insights about the possible effects of wind farms... The results could be important for developing efficient adaptation and management strategies to ensure long-term sustainability of wind power. "This study indicates that land surface temperatures have warmed in the vicinity of large wind farms in west-central Texas, especially at night," says Anjuli...
  • (Texas)Wind farms may have warming effect - research

    04/29/2012 11:01:35 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/29/12 | Nina Chestney
    LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) - Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute to global warming, which could lead to the melting of glaciers, sea level rise, ocean acidification, crop failure and other devastating effects, scientists say. In a move to cut such emissions, many nations are moving towards cleaner energy sources such as wind power. The world's wind farms last year had the capacity to produce...
  • New source of climate warming: Wind farms

    04/30/2012 8:43:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Great news for NIMBY activists that want public policy to follow the anthropogenic global-warming agenda but don’t want their vistas cluttered. The wind farms that they support everywhere else but nearby themselves may be part of the problem, according to Reuters: Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. 
Researchers at the State University of New York at Albany analysed the satellite data of areas around large wind farms in Texas, where four of the world’s largest farms...
  • Broken down and rusting, is this the future of Britain's 'wind rush'?

    03/18/2012 11:31:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    daily mail ^ | 18 March 2012 | Tom Leonard
    A breathtaking sight awaits those who travel to the southernmost tip of Hawaii’s stunningly beautiful Big Island, though it’s not in any guidebook. On a 100-acre site, where cattle wander past broken ‘Keep Out’ signs, stand the rusting skeletons of scores of wind turbines... a technology that is supposed to be about saving the environment is instead ruining it. In other parts of the U.S., working wind turbines are killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year, but here the wildlife can perch on the motionless steel blades. ... No one who has driven past one of America’s...
  • Wind farms: even worse than we thought…

    03/09/2012 8:27:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 8, 2012 | James Delingpole
    The Global Warming Policy Foundation has produced yet another devastating report: this time on the economics of wind farms. Turns out they're even worse than we thought. Not only do the Bat Chomping Eco-Crucifixes (TM) ruin views, kill birds, cause bats to implode, destroy the British film industry, frighten horses, enrich rent-seeking toffs like David Cameron's father-in-law Sir Reginald Sheffield Bt, drive up electricity bills, kill jobs, create fuel poverty, cause old people to die of hypothermia, wipe out property values, drive people mad with strobing and noise pollution and enable smug liberal idiots to spout rubbish like "Oh, I...
  • Wind farms in Pacific Northwest paid to not produce

    03/07/2012 9:50:56 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 07, 2012 | Dan Springer
    Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest -- built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced -- are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid says there's an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year. The problem arose during the late spring and early summer last year. Rapid snow melt filled the Columbia River Basin. The water rushed through the 31 dams run by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., allowing for peak hydropower generation. At the very...
  • Wind farms blasted - Greenpeace co-founder

    01/07/2012 10:41:10 AM PST · by Dartman · 33 replies
    Chatham Daily News ^ | Jan 4 2012 | Bob Boughner
    This will drive the Enviro-weenies nuts! http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3425246
  • Too windy for wind turbines! 165mph gales raise MORE questions about wind farms

    12/08/2011 10:36:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th December 2011 | Luke Salkeld
    Britain was battered by gales of up to 165mph yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction across the country. In one spectacular incident a 300ft wind turbine exploded in flames as it was buffeted by the high winds. Another wind turbine was completely blown down on Wednesday, raising questions about whether wind farms were simply unable to cope with the weather. ... Today temperatures are expected to plummet with blizzards, snowdrifts and black ice expected in the north, and continuing wind and rain in the south. The flaming Ł2million wind turbine was in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Witnesses said its blades...
  • Wind farms: the monuments to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape ( UK )

    09/11/2011 6:52:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Sep 2011 | Christopher Booker
    These pointless monstrosities will continue to proliferate until the Government sees sense. Three separate news items on the same day last week reflected three different aspects of what is fast becoming a full-scale disaster bearing down on Britain. The first item was a picture in The Daily Telegraph showing two little children forlornly holding a banner reading “E.On Hands Off Winwick”. This concerned a battle to prevent a tiny Northamptonshire village from being dwarfed by seven 410-foot wind turbines, each higher than Salisbury Cathedral, to be built nearby by a giant German-owned electricity firm. The 40 residents, it was reported,...
  • Jonah Goldberg: America’s Green Quagmire - Obama’s energy agenda has been a very expensive...

    08/24/2011 2:53:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 24, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    America's Green QuagmireObama's energy agenda has been a very expensive failure. It was a massive flatbed truck, flanked by smaller vehicles brandishing “oversized load” banners, carrying a huge white thing. I think the first one I saw was in Ohio. But I know that by the time I passed Grand Island, Neb., I’d lost count. What was it? At first, it looked like it could be a replacement for the Swords of QādisÄ«yah — that giant crossed-blades sculpture in central Baghdad. And then, the aha: It was a propeller blade for a wind turbine, a really big one. I’ve seen...
  • Wind farm efficiency queried by John Muir Trust study

    04/11/2011 12:51:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 April 2011 | NA
    The study has challenged industry assertions about the output of wind farms Wind farms are much less efficient than claimed, producing below 10% of capacity for more than a third of the time, according to a new report. The analysis also suggested output was low during the times of highest demand. The report, supported by conservation charity the John Muir Trust, concluded turbines "cannot be relied upon" to produce significant levels of power generation. However, industry representatives said they had "no confidence" in the data. The research, carried out by Stuart Young Consulting, analysed electricity generated from UK wind farms...
  • PG&E ends bid to buy wind farm project for $900 million ( Court Axes the deal....Sanity arrives?)

    01/27/2011 10:53:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Wind Watch.org ^ | 21 January 2011
    Credit:  www.powergenworldwide.com21 January 2011 PG&E Corp. ended its bid to buy a 246 MW wind farm project from Iberdrola for $900 million after an administrative law judge recommended that California regulators reject the proposal.Iberdrola canceled its plans to sell its Manzana wind project in Southern California on Jan. 14. The cancellation followed a state administrative law judge recommendation in December that regulators deny PG&E’s request to buy the proposed plant.The project is “not cost-competitive and poses unacceptable risks to ratepayers,” according to the law judge’s proposed decision filed with the California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 21.In December 2009, PG&E...
  • Electricity from wind plant so expensive, no one will buy it

    12/20/2010 8:06:42 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 25 replies · 3+ views
    Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity. Now, all it needs are customers. Last month, the nation's first offshore wind farm nailed down its first buyer when the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved a deal that sees Cape Wind selling half its power to National Grid, the state's largest electric utility. But the other half of the Cape Wind project's electricity remains available with no obvious takers, raising the possibility of a...
  • Pickens Plan no longer features wind energy

    12/14/2010 6:26:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    msnbc ^ | 12/14/2010 | By Jennifer Alsever
    Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' TV commercials blasted the airwaves in 2008 with his big idea to get America off foreign oil imports: natural gas and wind energy. Two years later, let’s just make that natural gas. Since the billionaire’s plans for the world’s largest wind farm fell apart in the Texas Panhandle, Pickens has edited his much-hyped “Pickens Plan” to focus primarily on his other big business interest: natural gas. Touting 1.7 million Pickens Plan supporters, he’s now pushing Congress to pass legislation that would offer incentives to convert 18-wheelers and fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas,...
  • Electricity prices set to soar as a result of government policy

    08/29/2010 5:56:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 30, 2010 | Annabel Hepworth
    power prices are set to increase dramatically. Origin Energy boss Grant King said that complying with the mandatory renewable energy target (RET) and network spending would put upward pressure on energy prices. "That's not of our making, or anybody other than policymakers...That's just the inevitable and logical consequences of the policies" that governments are implementing. His comments follow both federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson and his opposition counterpart Ian Macfarlane warning in separate interviews... that power prices were likely to double in the next five to seven years. Mr King said that estimate was "possibly conservative" and added...
  • Interior Department Approves Building of Controversial Offshore Wind Farm

    04/28/2010 9:41:13 AM PDT · by Frenchtown Dan · 21 replies · 299+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/28/2010 | Cristina Corbin
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is headed to Boston Wednesday to make an announcement about a controversial wind farm project on Cape Cod that could put the Obama administration at odds with one of the president's biggest supporters: the Kennedy family.
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Future Fuels: Our secretary of energy pushes bio-refineries and windmills to oil executives at an energy conference as the administration announces a three-year offshore drilling ban. This is a policy for economic suicide. They don't qualify as an official group of victims, but carbon-Americans, as they have been called, did not have much to cheer about last week, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu addressed CERAWeek 2010, a premier industry conference hosted by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. With an economy struggling to regain sound footing, Chu advocated a starvation diet devoid of additional fossil fuels that are to remain under...
  • Wind Farms Could Raise Temperatures

    03/14/2010 5:36:29 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 39 replies · 866+ views
    TG Daily ^ | March 14, 2010 | Emma Woollacott
    Opponents of land-based wind farms have a new ally in the form of MIT. Researchers there say that, far from mitigating global warming, land-based wind turbines actually increase the temperature around them.With the US Department of Energy expecting wind power to account for a fifth of the US’s electricity supply by 2030, the team used a climate model to analyze the effects of millions of wind turbines on the climate. Such a massive deployment could indeed make a difference, they found - though not necessarily a welcome one. Ron Prinn, TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, and principal research scientist Chien...
  • Wind's Chill Factor

    01/26/2010 5:09:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,012+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: The government says wind power could supply the eastern half of the U.S. with a fifth of its electricity by 2024. Just don't try building wind farms where someone might see them. A claim is contained in a new study released by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and technically it might be true. But we've heard these overblown predictions before, and experience around the world with heavily subsidized alternative energy has not worked out well. The area in question, called the Eastern Interconnection, is a grid extending roughly from the western borders of the Plains states through...
  • Wind Energy's Ghosts

    02/14/2010 11:11:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,407+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 15, 2010 | Andrew Walden
    Bankrupt Europe has a lesson for Congress about wind power. Wiwo...wiwo...wiwo.   The sound floats on the winds of Ka Le, this southernmost tip of Hawaii's Big Island, where Polynesian colonists first landed some 1,500 years ago. Some say that Ka Le is haunted -- and it is. But it's haunted not by Hawaii's legendary night marchers. The mysterious sounds are "Na leo o Kamaoa"-- the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm. The voices of Kamaoa cry out their warning as a new batch of colonists, having...
  • (Obama's) Stimulating Green Jobs For China

    02/14/2010 9:14:38 AM PST · by raptor22 · 225+ views
    U.S. Wind Farms ^ | February 14, 2010 | Staff
    Energy: When even Chuck Schumer is upset with the White House, you know something’s amiss. In this case, it’s news that efforts to boost wind power with taxpayer stimulus dollars are filling foreign coffers and creating foreign jobs. According to the …
  • Stimulating Green Jobs For China

    02/11/2010 5:32:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 737+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 11, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: When even Chuck Schumer is upset with the White House, you know something's amiss. In this case, it's news that efforts to boost wind power with taxpayer stimulus dollars are filling foreign coffers and creating foreign jobs. According to the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Investment Act has been spent on wind power. The goal was to further energy independence while creating American jobs. It has done neither. Of the money spent, according to the report, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. "In all...
  • New Wind Farms in the U.S. Do Not Bring Jobs

    02/09/2010 9:45:51 PM PST · by MarkAccord · 15 replies · 700+ views
    Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C. Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. So Where Are the...
  • Pickens reduces order for wind turbines, puts Panhandle wind farm on hold

    01/14/2010 6:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 743+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 13, 2010 | ELIZABETH SOUDER
    The energy investor, who made wind power a key part of his plan to wean Americans off foreign oil, said Tuesday he will now take delivery of 300 turbines, which he will use for wind farms in Canada and Minnesota. None of the turbines will come to Texas, as originally planned. Meanwhile, Pickens continues his campaign to persuade Americans to use natural gas to fuel heavy trucks, rather than diesel. Doing so, he said, could cut Middle East oil imports in half. In May 2008, Pickens announced that his company, Mesa Power LP, would order 687 wind turbines, or 1,000...
  • Wind power takes a blow around Minnesota

    01/12/2010 5:15:00 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 700+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/12/10 | TOM MEERSMAN
    ELKTON, MINN. -- Every sunny morning, shadows from the massive rotating blades swing across their breakfast table. The giant towers dominate the view from their deck. Noise from the turbines fills the silence that Dolores and Rudy Jech once enjoyed on their Minnesota farm. "Rudy and I are retired, and we like to sit out on our deck," Dolores said. "And that darned thing is right across the road from us. It's an eyesore, it's noisy, and having so many of them there's a constant hum." Just as they are being touted as a green, economical and job-producing energy source,...
  • Public gasps at Lake Michigan wind farm images

    12/16/2009 1:07:52 PM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 72 replies · 3,601+ views
    Oceana Herald Journal ^ | 12/16/09 | John Cavanagh
    A collective gasp was heard when computer enhanced photographs depicting numerous wind turbine generators were shown in Lake Michigan off Pentwater harbor and Little Point Sable at informational meeting in Scottville Tuesday night. The photos were included as part of the public presentation before a full house at West Shore Community College by wind farm developer Scandia Wind LLC. “It’s (Lake Michigan) more beautiful without them. Even I recognize that,” said Harald Dirdal, a project manager with Havgul Clean Energy of Norway. Scandia Wind LLC is exploring the possibility of constructing an estimated $3 billion, 1,000 megawatt wind farm in...
  • US Adds 1,600 MW Of New Wind Power In 3Q - Industry Group

    10/20/2009 1:11:35 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 36 replies · 1,174+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/20/2009 | Cassandra Sweet
    SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--U.S. wind power developers installed more than 1,600 megawatts of wind-turbine generators in the third quarter, up from the same quarter a year ago, a wind industry group said Tuesday. The American Wind Energy Association said more than 5,800 megawatts of new wind-power capacity has been added this year, and that construction on 1,700 megawatts of new wind projects has started since July, representing about $6.5 billion in new investment.
  • Wind farms interfering with weather radar in NY

    10/14/2009 5:26:24 AM PDT · by xcamel · 58 replies · 1,308+ views
    NWS ^ | Recently | NWS
    During the last several years, New York State has been a leader in supporting the growth of wind energy. As a result of this effort, there have been several "wind farm" projects developed across the region. In western New York, some of the bigger projects include the towns of Sheldon, Wethersfield, Eagle/Bliss in Wyoming county. These farms are located between 20 miles and 35 miles directly southeast of the Weather Surveillance Doppler Radar located at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga (KBUF) in northern Erie county. The towers are on top of ridges at elevations that exceed 1600 feet...
  • Gone With The Wind--Why wind power may be bad for your health

    07/30/2009 5:16:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,235+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-30-09 | Tait Trussell
    Gone With The Wind By: Tait Trussell FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, July 30, 2009   The statuesque and towering windmill represents one of Barack Obama’s grandiose hopes for renewable energy in our future. But windmills also have a troubling feature: They can be bad for your health. Dr. Nina Pierpont has conducted substantial research on what she calls “wind turbine syndrome,” the clinical name she has given to the “constellation of symptoms experienced by many (though not all) who live near industrial wind turbines.” These include sleep problems like insomnia; headaches; dizziness; unsteadiness and nausea; exhaustion; anxiety; anger and irritability; depression;...
  • Wind power throws a curve at the Bonneville Power Administration

    07/22/2009 8:15:38 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 33 replies · 1,309+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 22, 2009 | Ted Sickinger
    Utility wonks have been quipping for years that the future of energy in the Northwest is windy and gassy. When it comes to wind power, the future has already arrived, a reality that has come rushing home in the past two years and created major friction among the Bonneville Power Administration, wind power producers and the agency's utility customers. The BPA, which markets the energy produced at 31 hydroelectric dams and a nuclear plant in the Columbia River Basin, has seen the amount of wind power flowing onto its grid nearly double in each of the past four years. That...