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  • 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...
  • 'Whoosh' sound of wind turbines too loud for some

    10/05/2010 3:00:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 5, 2010 | Tom Zeller Jr.
    VINALHAVEN, Maine — 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.” Lawsuits and complaints about turbine noise, vibrations and subsequent lost property value have cropped up in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts, among other states. In one case in DeKalb County, Ill., at least 38 families...
  • Renewable Power Fail – As Usual – June 2010

    09/27/2010 7:02:36 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 27 September 2010 | TonyfromOz
    With the ramping up of rhetoric regarding the move to a Renewable Electricity Standard, just how effectively can Wind Power and Solar Power deliver a constant and regular supply of electrical power? This post uses the most current Government statistics to show conclusively that both these forms of Renewable Power fail, and that they fail comprehensively to deliver power, not only for when it is needed the most, but for all the time.
  • Maine’s rush to develop wind power is ill-advised

    I believe Maine’s governor and other public servants are dedicated to making our state a better place, but when they become carried away by a tide of one-sided allegations, the public is not well-served. They should have pursued wind power with caution since the governments of every European country that has tried it have discontinued their subsidies. They said they did so because wind is more expensive than natural gas and other alternatives, and because wind power can contribute to pollution during the 70 percent of the time turbines produce so little. Denmark is the prime wind power model, but...
  • Grievances aired over wind turbines on Vinalhaven (Wind Power Alert)

    08/21/2010 11:29:03 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 8/21/10 | Heather Steeves
    VINALHAVEN, Maine — Residents expressed grievances about turbine noise at a Thursday meeting that allowed islanders to ask questions of two wind professionals who will be collecting noise data in an attempt to identify specific mechanical perpetrators. The experts then will come back to the community with options and prices for noise mitigation. It has been about two years since Vinalhaven voters, with a 383-5 vote, approved the construction of three wind turbines. It has been about a year since wind started producing power on Vinalhaven and North Haven. At Thursday’s meeting, held in Vinalhaven School's auditorium and hosted by...
  • Renewable Power Fail – As Usual – April 2010

    07/23/2010 7:16:40 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 7 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 23 July 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Renewable Power is being hyped as the direction for the future, and is even in Legislation the Democrats hope to pass. Real World statistics for Renewable Power show something entirely different. These stats are for the U.S. and for the month of April, and the accompanying commentary shows that Wind Power and Solar Power just cannot deliver the power required absolutely, and that they never will.
  • Too much of a good thing: Growth in wind power makes life difficult for grid managers

    07/18/2010 1:13:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies ^ | July 18, 2010 | Ted Sickinger
    On the afternoon of May 19, in a single chaotic hour, more than a thousand wind turbines in the Columbia River Gorge went from spinning lazily in the breeze to full throttle as a storm rolled east out of Hood River. Suddenly, almost two nuclear plants worth of extra power was sizzling down the lines -- the largest hourly spike in wind power the Northwest has ever experienced.
  • Lawsuit threatened over Western MD wind farm (Windpower hurts bats)

    07/04/2010 9:01:25 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 49 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7-3-10 | Tim Wheeler
    A group of Western Maryland residents and a state conservation group have filed formal notice they'll sue to stop construction of a wind farm in Garrett County, contending the massive turbines "almost certainly" will harm endangered bats in the forested, mountainous region.
  • Harvard Professor's Vision of President Palin and Next Crisis

    06/22/2010 3:15:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 29, 2010 | Heather Horn
    Presumably finding an excess of free time after commencement, Harvard economics professor Jeremy Stein has turned to prophecy--or parody. It's not entirely clear. His fictional report in The Harvard Crimson is written as if it were appearing on May 27, 2025, in the middle of Scott Brown's first term of presidency and a financial crisis triggered by wind farm-related derivatives. Some of the highlights: THE FINANCIAL CRISIS UNDER SCOTT BROWN Just four months into his first term, President Scott P. Brown faces what is rapidly becoming a severe financial crisis, with the collapse yesterday of yet another Stable Wind Farm...
  • Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers

    06/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 78 replies · 198+ views
    Study: Wind Farms = Bird Killers Tiffany Kaiser - June 7, 2010 11:51 AM A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually. Biologist Orah Zamora works for West, Inc., an ecological field study company, monitors the Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind farms in the United States. Zamora looks for dead birds and bats that have been severed by the spinning blades of the surrounding wind turbines in order to conduct survey's to observe how wind-power development is affecting birds. "It's...
  • Michigan's Coming Energy Crisis

    05/22/2010 9:14:27 PM PDT · by jenk · 7 replies · 518+ views ^ | 5/22/10 | Jen Kuznicki
    The State of Michigan is headed for an Energy Crisis, and the Democrat Party is mostly to blame. From the Alpena News: According to a press release from Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office, the state’s decision is based on findings of the Michigan Public Service Commission, which said the company failed to demonstrate the plant was needed to meet future supply needs. In October of 2008, the MDEQ affirmed that the area was safe of air pollution from the proposed plant. So, the Granholm administration went to work to stop the plant by changing the rules. Jennifer Granholm’s State of the...
  • Are You Ready For Global Cooling?

    05/21/2010 5:37:27 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies · 1,243+ views ^ | May 21, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Staff
    Climate Science: Noted scientists at a Chicago climate conference declare that global warming is not only dead, but that the planet faces a big chill for decades to come. What about those frozen wind turbines? It's not exactly Copenhagen or Kyoto, but the 700 scientists attending the fourth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland Institute, had some chilling news of their own in the most liberal sense. "Global warming is over — at least for a few decades," Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told the gathering. "However, the bad news is that...
  • Great Lakes Wind Development Too Risky

    05/20/2010 1:44:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies · 307+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2010 | Russ Harding
    More than any other state, Michiganders identify with the Great Lakes. They are essential to the state's tourism industry and provide extensive recreational opportunities to boaters, fisherman, and those who stroll the many miles of pristine beaches. It seems hard to believe that anyone would want to put the Great Lakes at risk for the unproven development of off-shore wind energy. On-shore wind energy is expensive and off-shore wind energy even more so. A study done for the Heritage Center for Data Analysis titled "A Renewable Electricity Standard: What It Will Really Cost Americans," quantifies the economic cost of wind...
  • Wind Can Be Expensive

    05/12/2010 1:12:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 529+ views
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | 12 May 2010 | Carrie L. Lukas
    We've written before (see here and here) about the costs of trying to create "green jobs." The problem, ultimately, is that it's really expensive for the government to make energy sources that simply aren't efficient on their own attractive enough to compete with coal, oil and natural gas. Today the Wall Street Journal highlights just how much Massachusetts residents are going to have to pay for the latest triumph in the green energy revolution: On Monday, Cape Wind asked state regulators to approve a 15-year purchasing contract with the utility company National Grid at 20.7 cents per kilowatt hour, starting...
  • Cape Wind rate shock: Electricity will cost twice as much as power plants.

    05/08/2010 4:20:54 AM PDT · by MissyMack66 · 69 replies · 3,020+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05-08-2010 | Jay Fitzgerald
    COLOSSAL WIND COST: Tom King, president of National Grid, and Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind Associates, announce a deal in Waltham, MA yesterday to start charging Bay State customers 20.7 cents per kilowatt hour in 2013.
  • Cape Wind means business for Mass.

    04/28/2010 6:06:13 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies · 314+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4-28-10 | Erin Ailworth,
    With the federal government's approval yesterday of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts stands at the nexus of the nation's growing offshore wind power industry, state and business officials said. And that means jobs: engineering jobs, construction jobs, technical service jobs and more. "It spans the spectrum from blue collar to white collar. It's boatmen taking boats out there; it's blue collar workers turning the wrenches," said Roger Freeman, coordinator of the energy and environment working group at the advocacy group Progressive Business Leaders Network, which has supported Cape Wind. "I think the primary beneficiary will be the...
  • Five myths about green energy

    04/25/2010 9:18:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,453+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2010 | Robert Bryce
    Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we'll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, "green" energy has great emotional and political appeal. But before we wrap all our hopes -- and subsidies -- in it, let's take a hard look at some common misconceptions about what "green" means.1. Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all. Unfortunately, solar and wind technologies require huge amounts of land to deliver relatively small amounts of energy, disrupting natural habitats. Even an aging...
  • Renewable Power, But Not For When It’s Needed Most

    04/26/2010 7:35:55 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 2 replies · 251+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 26 April 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Legislation to implement standards for renewable power has been put on hold for now in the U.S. However, with a brutal Winter now behind the U.S. maybe those legislators need to look at some statistics on how the existing ‘flavour of the month’ renewable power plants performed at delivering power when it was needed most. Those statistics prove (again) that renewable power cannot supply power on the basis it is needed, and for when it is needed. This post explains those stats, what is behind them, and the ramifications. Not surprisingly, when it was needed the most, the power source...
  • A Race to Reap Energy From the Ocean Breezes

    04/04/2010 4:23:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 324+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2010 | Sindya N. Bhanoo
    As New Englanders await a decision in Massachusetts on a bitterly contested proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the State of Rhode Island is forging ahead with its own project in the hope of outpacing — and upstaging — its neighbor. Crucial to its strategy is dispelling worries that economics will trump the environment, or the broader public good. Instead of having a private developer dominate the research on potential sites, as Massachusetts has, Rhode Island embarked on a three-year scientific study, to be completed in August, of all waters within 30 miles of its coast. It...
  • Obama's Energy Theories

    03/16/2010 9:21:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 196+ views ^ | 03/16/2010 | Stacy Drake
    Another bit of hair-raising news in regards to Obama’s energy policies was last Friday when Ken Salazar told reporters that the administration would be implementing a three-year total ban on all new offshore drilling leases in federal waters. According to the latest Rasmussen poll 68% of the American population supports offshore drilling. So once again, Obama chooses to go against the will of the people and adhere to his ultra left-wing ideology.
  • NYT: "U.S. Data Since 1895 Fail To Show Warming Trend"

    03/13/2010 2:27:01 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 720+ views
    The headline in the New York Times 21 years ago — Jan. 26, 1989 to be exact — read: “U.S. Data Since 1895 Fail To Show Warming Trend.” The story said, “After examining climate data extending back nearly 100 years, a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperatures or rainfall in the United States over that entire period. While the nation’s weather in individual years or even for periods of years has been hotter or cooler and drier or wetter than in other periods, the new study shows that over the...
  • Wind power’s dirty secret: a carbon footprint

    03/13/2010 2:25:42 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 11 replies · 649+ views
    KVAL ^ | 3/12/10 | Anita Kissée KATU News and Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. - In 10 years Oregon has handed out $1.3 billion in tax credits for renewable energy and conservation projects like wind power, but questions about why the state is spending so much on something that may have a hidden environmental drawback have been raised by some. While wind power is touted as the cleanest and greenest renewable energy resource, Todd Wynn of the Cascade Policy Institute, a Portland-based libertarian think tank, says it’s not as clean as advocates claim. He says it’s simply because the wind doesn’t blow all the time. There has to be a backup source to power...
  • Wind power’s dirty secret: It has a carbon footprint

    03/12/2010 10:40:36 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies · 1,630+ views
    KATU ^ | Mar 12, 2010 | Anita Kissée
    In ten years Oregon has handed out $1.3 billion in tax credits for renewable energy and conservation projects like wind power, but questions about why the state is spending so much on something that may have a hidden environmental drawback have been raised by some. Wind power is touted as the cleanest and greenest renewable energy resource. But Todd Wynn of the Cascade Policy Institute says it’s not as clean as advocates claim. He says it’s simply because the wind is volatile and doesn’t blow all the time, and Johnson said "you don't know what (the wind) is going to...
  • The Big Wind-Power Cover-Up

    03/12/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 998+ views ^ | March 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Scandal: Spain exposed the boondoggle of wind power in 2009, discrediting an idea touted by the Obama administration. In response, U.S. officials banded with trade lobbyists to hide the facts. It was a cold day at the Energy Department when researchers at King Juan Carlos University in Spain released a study showing that every "green job" created by the wind industry killed off 4.27 other jobs elsewhere in the Spanish economy. Research director Gabriel Calzada Alvarez didn't object to wind power itself, but found that when a government artificially props up this industry with subsidies, higher electrical costs (31%), tax...
  • Chortling At Chu

    03/12/2010 5:07:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 957+ views ^ | 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...
  • Alliant Energy seeks 13.8 percent rate increase

    03/09/2010 10:50:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies · 503+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 03/09/2010 | David DeWitte
    Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers will be seeing higher bills this month to pay for the utility’s investments in green energy. The utility plans to ask state regulators for a 13.8 percent, $163 million annual rate increase today to pay for a new $468 million wind farm, and to improve its ability to transmit energy from renewable sources. The 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County is the first owned by Alliant’s Interstate Power & Light utility. It began operating in December, and has enough capacity to serve about 150,000 homes at full output. Improving the transmission grid to enable...
  • Renewable Power – A Ticking Bomb

    03/09/2010 6:35:01 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 4 replies · 98+ views
    PA Pundits Interntional ^ | 09 March 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Billions of dollars are being spent constructing renewable power plants, in the main, wind towers. They just cannot supply the requisite power needed 24/7/365 that coal fired and nuclear power plants are already supplying. When the time finally arrives when someone has to explain to the people that these plants cannot fill the void left as those coal fired plants close, then by that time decades will have been lost, and those billions spent on what will become white elephants would have been better spent constructing new technology coal fired plants and nuclear plants. Then, more time will be needed...
  • Obama administration protecting the 'green' investments of its friends

    03/04/2010 8:44:28 AM PST · by opentalk · 6 replies · 292+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 4, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    Crony capitalism is alive and well in Barack Obama's Washington. Business for lobbyists on K Street is booming as never before. Green energy promoters are raking in our tax dollars, often for wasteful "investments ." Al Gore is certainly raking in the green. He is a global warming myth profiteer on a robber baron scale. Democratic sugar daddy George Soros, whose investments in the green energy industry amount to over one billion dollars and counting, has made parallel investments in bringing about Democratic dominance in Washington. Soros also has a friend in the Oval Office to help assure his investments...
  • Natural Gas Tilts at Windmills in Power Feud

    03/02/2010 8:05:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 825+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 2, 2010 | Russell Gold
    ... At the heart of the battle [between the wind and natural gas industries] is a fight over the vicissitudes of wind itself. The wind industry argues that since it can't control when the wind blows, it shouldn't be held to the same rules that require everyone else to make payments when they fail to deliver promised power. The natural-gas generators say everyone should operate under the same rules, and lament that wind's success is merely coming at the expense of another relatively clean energy source. ... Every evening, grid operator Ercot forecasts how much electricity Texans will need the...
  • (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 ^ | 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...
  • Foreign energy firms getting windfall of U.S. stimulus funds (Money buying turbines made abroad)

    02/09/2010 10:20:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 531+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/9/10 | Brooke Williams Watchdog Institute
    Of the more than $2 billion the federal government has given out to boost the economy and create green-energy jobs, more than three-quarters has gone to foreign-owned companies that dominate the global wind-power industry. This latest finding by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit at American University in Washington, D.C., is illustrated clearly in San Diego County, where about a dozen commercial wind developers have offices. La Jolla is the headquarters for Eurus Energy America, the subsidiary of a Japanese firm that received $91 million in federal stimulus money for a wind farm in western Texas. It plans to apply...
  • When Windmills Don’t Spin (in the Minnesota winter), People Expect Some Answers

    02/05/2010 10:38:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 1,109+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 4, 2010 | Monica Davey
    <p>For those who suspect residents in places like Minnesota of embellishment when it comes to their tales of bitterly cold winter weather, consider this: even some wind turbines, it seems, cannot bear it.</p> <p>Turbines, more than 100 feet tall, were installed last year in 11 Minnesota cities to provide power, and also to serve as educational symbols in a state that has mandated that a quarter of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2025.</p>
  • Minnesota wind turbines won’t work in cold weather

    02/01/2010 7:46:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1,398+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Minnesota invested itself in alternative energy sources years ago, and so the revelation that the state spent $3.3 million on eleven wind turbines hardly qualifies as news. However, the fact that they don’t work in cold weather does. KSTP reports that none of the wind turbines work, prompting the Twin Cities ABC affiliate to dub them “no-spin zones.” Special hydraulic fluid designed for colder temperatures was used in the turbines, but it’s not working, so neither are the turbines. There is a plan to heat the fluid, but officials must find a contractor to do the work. How will the...
  • China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy

    01/31/2010 4:49:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 768+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | Keith Bradsher
    TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year. China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants. These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for...
  • President Obama’s Clean Energy Renewable Power Turkey

    01/28/2010 7:25:35 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 3 replies · 229+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 28 January 2010 | TonyfromOz
    The President's State of The Union Address hyped up Clean Energy and Renewable Power. These three methods of electrical power generation are the most inefficient ways to produce electricity. Wind Power at best delivers it power at an efficiency rate of only 20%. If you got a brand new car full in the knowledge that it was only going to run one time in five, would you be happy? The same applies with renewable power. Enormously expensive and totally inefficient. Why should we be happy about that?
  • Wind's Chill Factor

    01/26/2010 5:09:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,012+ views ^ | 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...
  • More Political Spin On Wind Power

    01/23/2010 7:15:38 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 34 replies · 846+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 23 January 2010 | TonyfromOz
    A government report was released this week, at the following link. It details how the Government will generate 20% of all the electrical power for the Eastern half of the US from Wind power, mostly from towers constructed offshore along the Eastern seaboard coastline. The Government will put in $90 Billion towards the project. Do the figures really stack up, and can something of this scale actually be achieved? Not likely.
  • Expanding Use of Wind Power Feasible, but May Be Costly ($93 billion just to expand power grid)

    01/21/2010 5:59:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies · 804+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 20, 2010 | Matthew L. Wald
    Wind could replace coal and natural gas for 20 to 30 percent of the electricity used in the eastern two-thirds of the United States by 2024, according to a study released Wednesday by the Energy Department. But doing so would require a reorganization of the power grid and a significant increase in costs. And it would have only a modest impact on cutting emissions linked to global warming, the study found. The Energy Department under President Obama has been a proponent of renewable energy, and the study tackles one of the biggest questions involving wind energy: How much can the...
  • Wind power takes a blow around Minnesota

    01/12/2010 5:15:00 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 700+ views ^ | 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,...
  • Santa Cruz County wind turbine presents conundrum for state regulators

    12/31/2009 10:58:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 960+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/31/9 | Kurtis Alexander
    PLEASURE POINT -- The state Coastal Commission encourages California's seaside communities to embrace clean energy -- with a caveat. It has to look good. The regulatory agency has told a Santa Cruz County couple that a wind turbine planned for their new home in the Pleasure Point neighborhood is too tall. Suggesting it would add to the area's "visual clutter," the commission recommends the residents lower their proposed 35-foot-high, electricity-generating windmill, an idea the home's architect says is simply unworkable. "You can also put photovoltaic cells in a garage, but it's not going to do much for you," said Cove...
  • Wind power is a complete disaster (Denmark relevant)

    12/16/2009 12:08:35 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 66 replies · 2,038+ views
    FP Canada ^ | 4/8/09 | Michael J. Trebilcock
    T here is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The European experience is instructive. Denmark, the world’s most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power’s unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone). Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities) tells us that “wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • The wind blows in the right direction for Indiana

    12/03/2009 6:50:43 AM PST · by mshoffner · 28 replies · 991+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/03/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    Our president has asked for greener energy. In Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked for greener energy. And in this state, things are happening. All over the state of Indiana, if you drive through the farmlands, you will see windmills rising above the horizon. Not the oil rig looking mills of yesteryear, but high tech turbines.
  • Power To Spare (Palin vs. Biden on energy)

    11/05/2009 4:53:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies · 702+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Leadership: As Palin jousts with Biden on energy independence, the government reports that we lead the world in energy reserves. From oil to gas to coal, we are sitting on prosperity. So why are we importing anything? One of the interesting sidelights of the NY-23 race was an exchange on energy independence between Vice President Joe Biden and the former governor of energy-rich Alaska, Sarah Palin. Biden, who came in to campaign for Democrat Bill Owens, was reminded of the issue of energy. "The fact of the matter is that Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy was 'Drill, baby,...
  • 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.
  • Has Affordable, Efficient Rooftop Wind Power Arrived?

    10/16/2009 9:57:31 AM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 27 replies · 1,427+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | June 17, 2009 | Tyghe Trimble
    Has Affordable, Efficient Rooftop Wind Power Arrived? Of the 10,500 small wind turbines installed last year, 99 percent were attached to giant constructed towers in rural areas. Rooftop wind turbines—constituting 1 percent of the market—have a huge potential in urban and suburban areas. But the products, which are heavy, noisy and require permanently attaching wind-catching blades to homes, have not yet caught on. One inventor thinks his unique turbine is just what the market is looking for. Are rooftop turbines set to take off?
  • 'Nuts' To Copenhagen

    09/29/2009 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,699+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 29, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate: As alternate-energy champ Spain's green economy slides into recession, a German professor says if American "climate illiterates" don't follow, the Copenhagen climate conference will fail. And the bad news is? King Canute, the Viking king of England, Norway and Denmark, was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. As the story goes, he once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. Rather than exercising his ego, he in fact was giving his followers a lesson in reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. In December, the world's...
  • Reality falls short of expectations

    09/20/2009 11:39:45 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 26 replies · 1,673+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 20, 2009 | Editorial
    The Enercon E-126 is purported to be the world's largest wind turbine. Wind-power advocates say it's rated at 6 megawatts, but most likely will produce 7, or enough to power 1,776 — that's the spirit! — American homes. The E-126 also is a NIMBYs nightmare. Now under development in Europe, the E-126 stands an imposing 650 feet — the tallest building in New England, Boston's John Hancock Tower, is 790 — and has three, 413-foot blades. Each E-126 goes for $15.5 million, installed, and comes with an engineered base that is 100 feet across and 13 feet thick to keep...