www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c122+36?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZGarrett must say yes to windfarm.223482009-07-26T18:11:25Z2009-07-26T18:11:25ZFederal Environment Minister Peter Garrett must approve the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, under national laws, before it can go ahead.
The project has gone to the Federal Government because it has been found likely to have significant environmental impact.
It now must be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
RSPB to build wind farms on its bird reserves .190982008-12-07T13:09:39Z2008-12-07T13:09:39ZThe Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is drawing up plans that will see wind turbines constructed on its estates as part of a new green energy drive.
The move, which will see the RSPB generating power for its own buildings and selling any surplus to the National Grid, is likely to anger some RSPB members who believe wind farms pose a threat to rare birds of prey.
Lewis wind turbine inquiry opens .158052008-05-13T13:27:21Z2008-05-13T13:27:21ZA public inquiry into plans to build a 53-turbine wind farm close to a prehistoric site on the Isle of Lewis is to open in Stornoway. ...Mr Oppenheim had originally hoped to build 130 turbines on the Eishken Estate, but agreed to reduce this to 53 following objections from RSPB Scotland over the possible impact on birds of prey in the area such as golden eagles. Another meteorological tower for Westfield.145662008-03-09T06:40:21Z2008-03-09T06:40:21ZPeter Gross of Babcock and Brown presented a request for a permit to put up another meteorological tower in the town of Westfield.
According to Gross, after the public meetings about the possibility of wind farms in the Westfield-Ripley area, several families approached him about how they could become involved in the project.
"They came to us which started us looking at the possibilities in that area," Gross said. "We won't know for sure until we have the readings from the met tower but we're proceeding with hopeful caution."
Strings attached to state wind farm.132822007-12-21T07:04:39Z2007-12-21T07:04:39ZHighland New Wind chose not to seek a federal permit to protect the wind farm from possible immediate shutdown by government order if an endangered or threatened animal is killed or injured. That's a risk that regulators said the company is free to take if it wishes.
Another battleground was how much Highland New Wind will pay for wildlife measures. Thursday's ruling initially capped monitoring costs at up to $150,000 a year. It capped shutdown-related expenses to benefit wildlife at either $50,000 a year or 0.85 percent of revenue from the prior year, whichever is higher.
Previously released case documents said the project is expected to generate lots of cash long-term. Company financial analysts predicted Highland New Wind could earn an annual profit of $4.2 million after major expenses are paid off in 10 to 15 years. With state approval now in hand, the company said it will begin recruiting investors.
Hearing on 21-turbine wind farm.129742007-12-03T01:01:30Z2007-12-03T01:01:30ZPlanners have recommended councillors do not oppose a proposed wind farm which has sparked concerns for wild geese and archaeological sites.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has objected to the 21-turbine scheme at Shebster, near Thurso.
Historic Scotland said it would have an "unacceptable adverse impact" on ancient sites including cairns.
The Scottish Government is consulting local Highland councillors, who will hold a hearing on Tuesday.
Riverside County supervisors doubt necessity of bird-safety rules.118652007-09-19T18:18:41Z2007-09-19T18:18:41ZTwo supervisors in Riverside County, one of California's top producers of wind energy, want the region to be exempt from new statewide guidelines aimed at reducing the deaths of hawks, bats, owls and other animals from windmills. South Coast Wind developer cautiously optimistic after bird report.106382007-07-11T10:59:03Z2007-07-11T10:59:03ZNEW BEDFORD - The Boston developer who wants to build a 300-megawatt wind farm in Buzzards Bay called the results of preliminary bird studies "encouraging" but said it is too early to determine whether threats to endangered terns that nest and feed in the bay could kill the $750 million project.
"I am fifty-percent comfortable," said Jay Cashman of Patriot Renewables, LLC., a renewable energy subsidiary of his construction company, Jay Cashman Inc. Fears for golden eagles at site of proposed windfarm.101122007-06-13T11:42:32Z2007-06-13T11:42:32ZA controversial application for a 14 turbine windfarm in a scenic area of Argyll frequented by young golden eagles will be debated by planners this summer.
A proposal by npower renewables to erect a windfarm at Allt Dearg, on moorland south of Lochgilphead overlooking Loch Fyne, was lodged with Argyll and Bute Council a year ago.
A host of objections on various grounds came in, including visual impact and the potential adverse impact of the windfarm on golden eagles and other local rare bird species. Panel: Ducks don't dodge turbines.93092007-05-03T11:19:03Z2007-05-03T11:19:03ZWASHINGTON-Migratory birds have a relatively safe trek across the Midwest, but unless the government intervenes thousands of those birds could be reduced to puffs of feathers drifting down from the blades of wind power turbines, wildlife advocates say.
The birds often fly headlong into wind power devices, leaving behind victims with "severed beaks" and "mid-body separation," said Michael Daulton, of the National Audubon Society. Environmentalists fault report on offshore wind turbines.86302007-03-26T12:14:14Z2007-03-26T12:14:14ZOffshore wind facilities are expected to have negligible to minor environmental impacts in general - "if the proper siting and mitigation measures are followed," a draft study says.
But some activists faulted the draft environmental impact statement by the federal Minerals Management Service. The document covers technologies for tapping offshore wind, wave and current energy.
The agency jumped to conclusions about the risks without having adequate information, said Eric Stiles, vice president for conservation and stewardship in the New Jersey Audubon Society.
"It's grossly premature to conclude," for example, that impacts on birds will be only moderate, Stiles said. Wind power plan for lake gains speed.85572007-03-23T11:25:54Z2007-03-23T11:25:54ZMore than $1 million could be spent in the coming months pursuing offshore wind power in Lake Erie, even though the region just lost out on a bid to have East Toledo host the nation's first testing laboratory for offshore wind turbine blades.
A $250,000 wildlife study, funded by a grant the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority obtained from U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), recently began along the western Lake Erie shoreline.
The goal of that study is to get the region's clean energy and wildlife proponents on the same page over the risks posed to birds and bats.
The next phase would involve putting two or three wind turbines along the western Lake Erie shoreline as early as the summer of 2008 to see just how lethal the devices might be.
Sites have not been selected, but they likely would be between Toledo and Lorain, Ohio. Wind turbines raising alarms.85532007-03-22T21:48:21Z2007-03-22T21:48:21ZWind turbines shouldn't be allowed near Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach or the south shore of Essex County, Ron Elliott, co-ordinator of the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee, says.
"They do have the potential if they're in the wrong places to be an environmental disaster for birds. There's no denying that. And they're going to be around for 20 years, so they have to be located right," Elliott said, adding the "whole south shore is essentially one big migration route." Wind power study has its critics.83762007-03-12T11:22:11Z2007-03-12T11:22:11ZNew Jersey's plan to spend $4.5 million to study birds and marine life offshore prior to a pilot project with up to 80 wind turbines has drawn mixed views from activists.
"Our ocean deserves a robust, thorough, and scientifically valid study - not this bargain basement, blue-light special," according to a statement from Cynthia A. Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, a Sandy Hook-based coalition.
Birds should be studied for three years before construction of offshore wind farms, according to a 2006 letter from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official. The proposed New Jersey ecological study would last for 18 months.
While an 18-month study is "not an end-point," it's "a major milestone for moving forward in making informed and appropriate decisions regarding siting of wind turbines," said Eric Stiles, vice president for conservation and stewardship in the New Jersey Audubon Society. Residents work to stop windmills.83612007-03-10T11:35:06Z2007-03-10T11:35:06ZNEW PARIS - Residents determined to stop the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm have issued a notice of intent to file suit with federal and state agencies over environmental concerns.
The notices were mailed March 2 by environmental attorney Bradley Tupi who is with Tucker/Arensburg Attorneys, Pittsburgh, and is representing several families within the project area.
"We're still in the information gathering stage, but my job is to do whatever I can to protect the interests of my clients out there," Tupi said.
Among their concerns is that the project, which will run along the Allegheny Front of the mountain, will impact migrating bird populations including that of the endangered Bald Eagle and Eastern Golden Eagles, he said.
Another potential issue is the possible damaging of the Ethel Creek spring head, which provides high-volume, high-quality water for a local fish hatchery, he said.
The move gives the residents 30 days with state agencies and 60 days with federal agencies to file suit, he said. Farmers and scientists see risks in wind energy.82192007-03-03T11:56:05Z2007-03-03T11:56:05ZThe Mexican government is preparing a big wind energy project, but peasant farmers and bird experts arenât too happy about it.
The governmentâs aim is for wind-generated electricity â which now accounts for just 0.005 percent of the energy generated in Mexico â to reach six percent by 2030. The project has the blessing of some big corporations and environmentalists.
Achieving that goal involves setting up more than 3,000 turbines in Mexicoâs windiest zone, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the southern state of Oaxaca, as well as several other wind farms around the country with dozens of turbines each.
But erecting the windmills, tall towers with a 27-metre blade span, requires negotiating with landowners, most of whom are farmers. Some have complained that they were taken advantage of when the first wind farm was created in 1994.
Meanwhile, ornithologiests experts warn that many bird species are at risk of being killed by the giant blades, which could cause an environmental chain reaction across the continent, because various birds are migratory.
âEverything is bent towards facilitating the wind farms, but there is not much interest in the birds, which in the long term could bring much broader problems,â RaGBPl Ortiz-Pulido, spokesman for the Mexican office of BirdLife International, told Tierramerica.
Official recommends Va. wind farm.82452007-03-02T13:27:40Z2007-03-02T13:27:40ZROANOKE -- A state hearing examiner has recommended construction of the first utility-grade wind farm in Virginia, provided it meets conditions to minimize harm to the environment.
The recommendation announced Thursday goes to the State Corporation Commission, which will decide whether to approve construction of the 19-turbine development on Highland County ridges.
SCC hearing examiner Alexander Skirpan found that the project by Highland New Wind Development poses a risk to bats and birds, but said a monitoring program by the company and a state agency following construction would help reduce the hazard.
SNH fights on against wind farm.80402007-02-21T13:01:26Z2007-02-21T13:01:26ZScottish Natural Heritage yesterday confirmed its objection to a huge wind farm planned for Lewis.
SNH board members reiterated their previous view that land covered by special protection area status might be harmed by the development. They also said there was insufficient information to determine the potential impact on birds.
Last week, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) voted 18-8 in favour of the plan by Lewis Wind Power, subject to 50 conditions, including the removal of five of the proposed 181 turbines. Because of the scale of the 651-megawatt project, a final decision rests with the Scottish Executive.
Meanwhile, SNH has withdrawn its objection to a proposed wind farm at Edinbane on Skye. It follows a public consultation by Highland Council on the latest submission from the developer AMEC, which included an appraisal of the likely effect on golden eagles.
Windfarm protesters on Skye in court threat.80572007-02-21T12:46:18Z2007-02-21T12:46:18ZAnti windfarm campaigners on Skye last night threatened legal action in a bid to ensure a long-opposed development on the island would never happen.
Opponents of Amecâs Edinbane proposal stated their intent shortly after Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) withdrew its objection to a reduced 18-turbine project.
That followed consideration of a fresh consultantsâ estimate, commissioned by the developers, of the likely impact on golden eagles within the protected area surrounding the site.
Isles windfarm would be illegal, warns RSPB.79992007-02-17T17:34:56Z2007-02-17T17:34:56ZThe Uk Government could face a multimillion-pound fine if Scottish ministers allow plans for a massive windfarm on the Western Isles to go ahead, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds warned yesterday.
It believes the Lewis Wind Power application for 181 turbines was made without a proper environmental impact assessment.
That, it says, would contravene the European Habitats Directive.