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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...