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  • 113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

    02/12/2016 8:26:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2016 8:06 AM EST
    An energy company says it's trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York. [...] Town official say they believe a bolt may have failed on the 187-ton windmill, one of 20 located at the Fenner Wind Farm, which was built in 2001 on a hill 15 miles east of Syracuse. ...
  • Minnesota Man Arrested, Sentenced to 6-Months in Jail for Having a Windmill On His Property

    10/05/2015 10:36:03 AM PDT · by READINABLUESTATE · 69 replies
    The free thought project ^ | October 3, 2015 | By John Vibes
    Orono, MN – For more than a year, we have been following the story of a Minnesota man, Jay Nygard, who is routinely risking jail time because he refuses to remove a wind turbine from his property. Nygard has been in and out of court over the years, and despite a short-lived victory in October, he was recently back in front of a judge facing a contempt of court charge for refusing a court order to remove the turbines from his property. He did eventually remove the turbines, leaving only the cement bases because removing them would cause structural damage...
  • How Warren Buffett Milks Consumers & Taxpayers Through Wind Energy

    05/28/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | 05/21/2014 | Fred N. Sauer
    wind energy is highly inefficient and requires additional transmission lines and back-up gas generators when the wind doesn't blow. Yet, windmills keep getting built, thanks to government subsidies. But it is very hard to trace these subsidies. Vague statements about "tax credits" and "mandates" give no hint of the magnitude of returns that these subsidies provide to crony windmillers. Indeed, in the Carnahan Special Report, we had to burrow into financial statements of a foreign company and its subsidiary to understand where all the money was going. The principal information was buried in an arcane note to these financial statements....
  • William and the Windmill {6 Min Video }

    10/12/2013 12:08:16 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 10 replies
    "William and the Windmill tells the story of how William Kamkwamba built a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine, as well as the subsequent changes in his life and village as a result of his invention."...This 14 year old in a third world country was tired of going to bed when the sun went down every night because his family had no electricity. Digging thru junk piles he assembled a windmill that turned a bike generator to power lights and radios for his house.... Invited to T.E.D. convention in Tanzania, wealthy donors asked what he...
  • Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

    01/31/2013 4:31:41 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 31st January 2013 | Andrew Orlowski
    Former climate change alarmist Dr James Lovelock, famous for popularising the "Gaia" metaphor, continues his journey back to rationality. Lovelock is objecting to a "medium sized" (240ft high) erection planned for his neighbourhood in North Devon by infamous windfarm operator Ecotricity. The UK currently has 3,000 onshore turbines and 6,000 are planned: this is the main reason why electricity bills are soaring out of control in order to pay for the inefficient, highly expensive windmills. Lovelock calls the runaway windmill building "industrial vandalism". In an objection to the planning application made to Tiverton council, Lovelock points out that one nuclear...
  • IF; As AGW Proponents Say "It's AGW", How are the Wind Mills going to Fair?

    10/28/2012 1:27:36 PM PDT · by dila813 · 13 replies
    Today | Freepers
    IF; As AGW Proponents Say "It's AGW", How are the Wind Mills going to Fair? If these people are so smart (OBAMA) in promoting wind power, what are going to happen to all these wind mills when the storms hit?
  • 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...
  • Longview man with windmill takes city to task over charges

    05/10/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT · by Baynative · 42 replies ^ | 5/10/2012 | Thom Jensen,
    LONGVIEW, Wash. – Ken Spring of Longview says he does everything by the book. He said all the buildings on his neatly tended property in Cowlitz County are permitted and he always tries to abide by the law. But he also said he is willing to fight to keep a newly built, 30-foot tall windmill on his land. “You'll find this hard to believe, but I'll die for that,” he said as the windmill spun around overhead. “I am fed up.”
  • [NY] City unveils plan for first solar and wind farm

    03/21/2012 5:51:12 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 14 replies
    Crain's NY (free registration reqd) ^ | March 20, 2012 | Jeremy Smerd
    The Bloomberg administration asks private companies to design, build and operate a renewable energy plant on 75 acres of the former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island. --- Earlier this month, the city proposed turning garbage into energy. Now it wants to turn a former garbage heap on Staten Island into an energy farm. The city is asking private companies to design, build and operate a wind and solar farm on 75 acres of the former Fresh Kills Landfill, Deputy Mayor for Operations Caswell Holloway announced at a Crain's forum Tuesday morning. It would be the first commercial-grade operation of...
  • Keller district campus is plenty green, but what about that wind turbine?

    12/30/2011 7:03:05 AM PST · by texas booster · 7 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 | DAVE LIEBER
    The story behind a story is often more interesting, but too often, we forget to ask questions needed to learn it.An example: The Keller school district is rightfully proud of its energy-efficient Timberview Middle School off Old Denton Road in Fort Worth. With its fruit and vegetable garden, geothermal heating and air conditioning, rooftop solar panels, white roof to absorb less heat, and waterless urinals, the year-old structure is billed as a school of the future .... Another component of the campus is its lone wind turbine, next to the athletic field by the concession building. Paid for with voter-approved...
  • Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat

    10/18/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Tribune-Democrat ^ | 10/17/11 | Kathy Mellott
    Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare batKathy Mellott - The Tribune-Democrat October 17, 2011 LILLY — Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife’s Pennsylvania field office. “While finding the dead...
  • Pipestone wind-turbine blade maker hit with hefty penalty

    08/04/2011 3:36:34 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-4-11 | Dennis Lien
    A Pipestone wind-turbine blade manufacturing plant has been hit with a $490,000 civil penalty for a series of air quality, hazardous waste and stormwater violations. In a court settlement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last month, Suzlon Rotor Corp. agreed to settle the violations by paying the penalty and by completing corrective actions at its southwestern Minnesota plant. The consent decree was entered July 7 in Pipestone County District Court. The problems stem from a 2009 MPCA inspection, which found that sandblasting operations there far exceeded emissions standards for airborne particles. In addition, the agency determined the company failed...
  • Wind turbine starts up in Euclid (Ohio) above Lincoln Electric Co. ($5.9 Million)

    07/10/2011 3:52:26 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 61 replies ^ | June 27, 2011 | A. John
    Lincoln Electric is giving $4.5 million to help start Wind turbine manufacturing in Cleveland. EUCLID, Ohio -- The sprawling blades on Ohio's largest wind turbine started turning 278 feet above the headquarters of Lincoln Electric this weekend in Euclid. Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik said Sunday that he anticipates this as only the beginning of his city's place in becoming a symbol of clean alternative energy. "We have a lot more planned," Cervenik said of the massive wind turbines. "We're hoping this is the start of putting Euclid among the leaders in the nation." Toward the end of the summer,...
  • Cape Wind backers blew right by cost (by $2.5 billion)

    10/10/2010 5:42:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2010 | Beth Daley
    Amid the maelstrom of controversy over the nation’s first offshore wind farm, one truth is as plain as the proposed 440-foot turbines in Nantucket Sound are tall: Its energy will be very expensive. That’s not just compared with power from coal and natural gas, but with renewable power from other sources. Once the 130 turbines begin rotating, the energy produced will cost up to 50 percent more than energy today from some land-based wind farms and twice as much as some hydroelectric dams. The cost will increase customers’ monthly electric bills about 2 percent, and for many that is too...
  • For Those Near, the Miserable Hum of Clean Energy

    10/06/2010 8:21:29 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2010
    VINALHAVEN, Me. — Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on.“In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.” Now, the Lindgrens, along with a dozen or so neighbors living less than a mile from the $15 million wind facility here, say the industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life in this otherwise tranquil...
  • Sestak Screws Up

    09/03/2010 4:42:40 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 16 replies
    Sestak screws up. OK, that's one of those phrases that you could copy to a clipboard from which to paste into a story for convenience sake but yesterday Pennsylvania's 7th District Congressman and Democrat nominee for U.S senate has admitted to doing so, which makes it a bit more newsworthy than normal. Joe Sestak has announced that he erred in seeking to send $350,000 in taxpayer money to the Thomas Paine Foundation, which is an organization owned by Drew Devitt aimed at promoting the cause of atheism, to design a new kind of windmill which would be built by New...
  • Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

    08/17/2010 4:57:49 PM PDT · by SteamShovel · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Wind Blog ^ | August 4, 2010 | Glen Estill
    James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore have written a powerful book exposing the efforts of the fossil industries to confuse the public and policy makers about the science of climate change. After all, if there is scientific doubt about climate change – either the causes, or the effects – then we don’t really have to do anything, do we? “This is a story of betrayal, a story of selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility on an epic scale.” The book exposes the public relations techniques used, the players, and the funding. It is a warning to all about media manipulation, and it is...
  • How much power does it take to run a wind turbine?

    08/17/2010 4:06:15 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 81 replies
    Machine Design ^ | 8/10/2010 | Leland Teschler
    Jerry Graf is a concerned citizen who happens to have a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He recently read an item in his local paper about a school district that contemplated investing over a quarter million dollars in roof-top wind turbines. “There was a quote from someone in charge of school facilities that indicated they had no idea how much electricity the turbines would actually generate. As I got further into the details myself, I realized the turbines would actually produce next to nothing,” he says. Wind boosters open themselves up to skepticism about their industry’s viability when they don’t...
  • A home-made wind turbine video

    03/13/2010 6:43:44 AM PST · by 7jason · 37 replies · 1,405+ views
    YouTube ^ | 3-9-2010 | RabidBlood
    Homemade wind
  • CA: Out of control windmill prompts highway closures

    05/03/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,362+ views
    A fast spinning windmill appeared "out of control," and threatened traffic on the highway between Los Angeles County's high desert and the San Joaquin Valley, a CHP dispatcher in Bakersfield said today. The CHP dispatcher said the windmill is spinning too fast and might fly apart, which is why Highway 58 in the Tehachapi Pass was closed down both directions between Mojave and about 45 miles north of Lancaster and Tehachapi. The malfunctioning electric generator is one of thousands of windmills installed along both sides of Highway 58 in Tehachapi Pass. Traffic was being detoured onto parallel county roads. Traffic...