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  • Conservation group sues to stop coastal wind farms (off Texas)

    12/05/2007 7:13:52 AM PST · by Uncledave · 33 replies · 25+ views
    AP/Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/4/2007 | John Porretto
    By JOHN PORRETTO AP Business Writer © 2007 The Associated Press HOUSTON — The dispute over construction of two wind farms adjacent to the famed King Ranch in south Texas entered the courts Tuesday when an alliance of conservation and related groups filed lawsuits to stop the projects. The Coastal Habitat Alliance, which includes King Ranch, filed separate lawsuits in state and federal court in Austin. The federal lawsuit claims the state has not done a thorough analysis of the impact the farms and their massive turbines will have on wetlands, habitat, endangered species and migratory birds. It seeks a...
  • Connecting Wind Farms Can Make A More Reliable And Cheaper Power Source

    11/23/2007 6:28:19 AM PST · by Uncledave · 28 replies · 247+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2007
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 21, 2007) — Wind power, long considered to be as fickle as wind itself, can be groomed to become a steady, dependable source of electricity and delivered at a lower cost than at present, according to scientists at Stanford University. The key is connecting wind farms throughout a given geographic area with transmission lines, thus combining the electric outputs of the farms into one powerful energy source. The findings are published in the November issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Wind is the world's fastest growing electric energy source, according to the...
  • Ground broken on huge wind farm ( Silence from Kennedy and Kerry )

    06/15/2007 3:13:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 898+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 05/17/2007 | Steve Raabe
    The $700 million project in Logan County will be the third-largest in the nation, producing 400 megawatts with 267 turbines. Developers broke ground Wednesday on a $700 million wind farm in northeast Colorado that will be the nation's third-largest wind generator. FPL Energy and Invenergy Wind will develop the 400-megawatt project, which will yield enough power to supply about 120,000 homes. Xcel Energy will buy the facility's entire electric output. Combined with purchases from three other wind farms, the Peetz Table project will allow Xcel to meet the requirements of Colorado's renewable-energy standard seven years early.
  • Wind farms can generate more power, but may kill birds and bats

    05/03/2007 7:07:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 791+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 5/3/07 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON -- Wind farms could generate up to 7 percent of U.S. electricity in 15 years, but scientists want more study of the threat the spinning blades pose to birds and bats. The towers appear most dangerous to night-migrating songbirds, bats and some hunting birds such as hawks and eagles. The risk is not understood enough to draw conclusions, a National Research Council panel said Thursday in a study requested by Congress. "The human impacts of wind farms can be both positive and negative," said Paul G. Risser of the University of Oklahoma, who was chairman of the committee that...
  • Wind farms generate opposition - "We're destroying so much scenery for so little power."

    02/05/2007 1:56:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 159 replies · 3,640+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 5, 2007 | Thomas Korosec
    When wind turbines began dotting the skyline around Dale Rankin's horse ranch near Abilene, he teamed up with other property owners to sue the company in charge of the project, FPL Energy. Brandon Wade: For the Chronicle JACKSBORO — The wind rustling the oak trees on the Squaw Mountain Ranch soon may be its undoing as a starkly empty, unspoiled corner of North Texas. Riding the boom that last year pushed Texas past California as the nation's leading wind energy producer, a wind power company wants to scatter 100 turbines across an area roughly nine miles long and two miles...
  • Wind farms are complicated deal (McLean County, IL)

    08/20/2006 6:41:01 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 45 replies · 3,054+ views
    State Journal Register ^ | 8/20/2006 | Chris Wetterich
    Wind farms are complicated deal McLean County site spent years on drawing board By CHRIS WETTERICH STAFF WRITER Published Sunday, August 20, 2006 ELLSWORTH - Building a wind farm is not as simple as putting up some windmills and waiting for the wind to blow. The wind farm under construction in McLean County, about 15 miles east of Bloomington, has involved almost five years of planning, permitting, negotiating with local governments and landowners and improving roads and other infrastructure. The Twin Groves Wind Farm, owned by Horizon Energy of Houston, Texas, will be spread over 50 square miles of land...
  • Winds of change for some Texans

    08/19/2006 5:54:39 PM PDT · by Dubya · 23 replies · 860+ views
    STAR-TELEGRAM ^ | Aug. 19, 2006 | ALYSON WARD
    The thing about West Texas that you canÂ’t ignore, that you can never forget, is the wind. On that big, flat stretch of land dotted with scrubby mesquite trees, the wind sweeps through effortlessly, unimpeded. It rakes across acres of ranchland, over cattle and rocks and red dirt, over nearly dry stock tanks and abandoned oil pump jacks. Always, always it whips at your face or pushes at your back. It fills your ears with a high-pitched, wavering whistle. ThereÂ’s always another gust on the way. And that wind brings a lot of things with it. Tumbleweeds, maybe, that scuttle...
  • Durbin, Obama Express Concern Over Halted Wind Farm Work

    06/03/2006 3:25:19 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies · 2,167+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | June 3, 2006 | Staff Write from AP
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama are among six U.S. senators who sent a letter Friday to two federal agencies expressing concern after the federal government stopped work on wind farms while it studies whether the giant turbines could interfere with military radar. Durbin said in a statement that at least a dozen wind farm development projects in Illinois, Wisconsin and North Dakota have been affected. The letter is signed by Durbin, Obama and Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.; Herb Kohl, D-Wis.; Kent Conrad, D-N.D. and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. "This decision by the Department of Defense and...
  • Talk swirls of Great Lakes windmills [another wind farm is opposed by environmentalists]

    05/30/2006 10:07:00 AM PDT · by grundle · 47 replies · 1,241+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | May 30, 2006 | Todd Richmond
    ALGOMA, Wis.The blue-green waters of Lake Michigan stretching to the horizon. "I'll fight this every way I can," said Algoma alderman Ken Taylor, chairman of the city's marina committee. "The beautiful view we have would be destroyed" The turbines would be huge, towering as high as 400 feet with blade spans wider than a football field The payoff would come in increased energy production, Mr. Musial said. Winds over water are generally stronger, less turbulent and more consistent than on land. "Offshore machines can make about twice as much as onshore," Mr. Musial said. "It's a potentially big resource for...
  • A New Gust Of Wind Projects In U.S.

    01/22/2006 10:46:41 AM PST · by nypokerface · 19 replies · 683+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/22/06 | Mark Clayton
    Out in the dwindling oil fields around McCamey, Texas, where rattlesnakes outnumber people and black-gold gushers once blew their tops, a new energy geyser is blowing — wind power. More than 860 wind turbines today pinwheel where oil derricks once bloomed, cranking out pollution-free megawatts for wind developers like FPL Energy, a Juno Beach, Fla., utility with the nation's largest wind-power portfolio. In turn, that energy is transmitted to cities like Austin. "We call our town the wind energy capital of Texas," says Sherry Phillips, McCamey's wind-centric mayor. With wind farms popping up from New York to Texas to California,...
  • Windmills Provide Inexpensive Water Source for Afghan Farmers

    01/19/2006 9:52:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 462+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2006 – Coalition forces are installing windmills across southern Afghanistan to provide farmers with water 24 hours a day. "Windmills for the farmers provide an easy energy source to a rural area," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew Mazerik, a civil affairs officer with Task Force Bayonet of the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force 76. "There's not a lot of maintenance needed for the windmills, and this effort shows that the Afghan government is doing something for the people." The program began with the installation of a test windmill at Kandahar Airfield three months...
  • Wind farm crowd no fans of RFK (NIMBY liberal alert)

    12/17/2005 5:33:25 AM PST · by Pushkin · 29 replies · 885+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/17/2005 | Jay Fitzgerald
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stirred up a storm of controversy yesterday by escalating his attacks on a proposed wind farm off of Cape Cod - without mentioning how his family’s famous vacation compound might be impacted by the facility. Kennedy, an outspoken environmentalist on most earthy issues, wrote in an op-ed piece in the New York Times that the proposal by Cape Wind Associates to build 130 offshore wind turbines was nothing more than a government-subsidized industrial boondoggle. “As an environmentalist, I support wind power,” wrote Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. “But I do believe that...
  • An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod (EnviroLeftists don't want windmills where THEY can see them)

    12/16/2005 8:14:17 AM PST · by pabianice · 46 replies · 1,189+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/16/05 | RFK The Lesser
    By R.F. Kennedy, Jr. AS an environmentalist, I support wind power, including wind power on the high seas. I am also involved in siting wind farms in appropriate landscapes, of which there are many. But I do believe that some places should be off limits to any sort of industrial development. I wouldn't build a wind farm in Yosemite National Park. Nor would I build one on Nantucket Sound, which is exactly what the company Energy Management is trying to do with its Cape Wind project. Environmental groups have been enticed by Cape Wind, but they should be wary of...
  • Study on P.E.I. wind turbines too late for birds, critics warn

    11/01/2005 4:56:10 PM PST · by proud_yank · 7 replies · 346+ views
    CBC ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | CBC
    A study of the potential impact of wind turbines on birds in eastern P.E.I. won't be completed before construction begins, leading to criticisms that the province is paying mere lip service to conservationism. The province has ordered for 10 Vestas wind turbines worth $55 million for a wind farm in eastern P.E.I. It has commissioned an environmental assessment by Becky Whittam of Bird Studies Canada, a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Sackville, N.B. However, Whittam has warned that her study would cover an entire year, including migrations and breeding seasons. Her final report won't be ready until August 2006 –...
  • Unexpected Downside of Wind Power [wind turbines = bird cuisinarts]

    10/15/2005 11:25:09 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 71 replies · 1,941+ views
    Wired News | October 14, 2005
    Story can't be posted here due to copyright complaint, but it's interesting reading, so click this link to go directly to it. And by the way, 'unexpected' downside? Who couldn't predict that a rapidly-spinning blade in the sky would put the smackdown on birds?
  • Jonah Goldberg: One rule for the rich, one for the rest

    08/23/2005 6:10:30 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 15 replies · 1,081+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 8/23/05 | Jonah Goldberg
    One rule for the rich, one for the rest By JONAH GOLDBERG THE LAW, in its majestic equality” wrote Anatole France, “forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” But apparently not environmentalism. On that score there’s one rule for the rich and one rule for the rest. Witness the current fight in Cape Cod over an effort to build wind farms just offshore. It features sanctimonious environmentalists, super-rich property owners, and super-rich, property-owning, sanctimonious environmentalists feeding on each other like big hungry sharks in a small...
  • A Mighty Wind

    08/19/2005 5:48:13 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 22 replies · 810+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/19/2005 | Jonah Goldberg
    "The law, in its majestic equality" wrote Anatole France, "forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." But apparently not environmentalism. On that score there's one rule for the rich and one rule for the rest. Witness the current fight in Cape Cod over an effort to build wind farms just offshore. It features sanctimonious environmentalists, super-rich property owners, and super-rich, property-owning, sanctimonious environmentalists feeding on each other like big hungry sharks in a small tank. The basic situation is that some environmentalists and a company called...
  • Ireland's Largest Wind Farm Opens(Bubba hasn't moved to Ireland...yet! LOL)

    04/27/2005 7:57:04 AM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 617+ views
    Business World ^ | 27/04/2005 | staff
    The country's largest wind farm was officially opened today by renewable energy firm Airtricity. The facility, which is based in Meentycat, Co Donegal. consists of five individual projects with 38 turbines connected by 22km of new roads. It is almost 3 times bigger than the current largest wind farm , Airtricity's 25MW Kingsmountain facility in Sligo. Meentycat will produce 72 MW of energy- enough to power the 44,000 homes in Donegal. The firm said the facility would help stabilise the voltage in Donegal, which is the weakest part of the Irish national grid. Commenting at the opening today, Eddie O'Connor,...
  • CA: Energy Quest Sets Up Power Struggle ~~ Power from Nevada

    04/10/2005 10:07:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 685+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
    Nevada showdown pits coal plant proponents against advocates of renewable resources. L.A. is seen as playing a key role in the outcome. About 100 miles north of Reno, outside a desert town named Gerlach — whose slogan is "where the pavement ends and the West begins" — a quarrel is simmering that highlights the competing visions for the future of electricity production in the United States. And in a curious political twist, Los Angeles may find itself playing a deciding role in the dispute, a showdown between "green power" and coal power. Near the site of the annual Burning Man...
  • Wind Power Is Becoming a Better Bargain

    02/13/2005 6:19:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 126 replies · 2,378+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 13, 2005 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    BOUSE, N.M., Feb. 10 - With every turn of the giant blades of the 136 windmills here on the edge of a mesa, the stiff desert breeze is replacing expensive natural gas or other fuel that would have been burned in a power plant somewhere else. Wind energy makes up a small fraction of electric generation in this country, but the rising price of natural gas has made wind look like a bargain; in some cases, it is cheaper to build a wind turbine and let existing natural gas generators stand idle. Giant, modern wind farms like the New Mexico...