Renewable power's green vs. green battles continue.381322013-04-22T15:55:10Z2013-04-22T15:55:10ZThe conflicts are bound to grow as renewable projects spread, some environmental advocates say.
"Certainly, there's going to be a lot more wind farms than there have been historically," ABC spokesman Bob Johns said. "And the problem is that we have seen no reason to believe that areas of conflict are being avoided - in fact, quite the opposite. They're walking right into it, leading with their chin on some of these."Two new lawsuits filed over Ocotillo Wind.360392012-09-13T12:07:13Z2012-09-13T12:07:13ZTwo new lawsuits were filed September 11, 2012 against federal officials and the U.S. government seeking an injunction to halt construction at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express industrial wind project. Grid realities cancel out some of wind power's carbon savings.350922012-05-30T19:31:02Z2012-05-30T19:31:02ZWind energy lowers carbon emissions, but adding turbines to the current grid system does not eliminate emissions proportionally, according to a report by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.
Judge denies temporary restraining order for Ocotillo Express wind project.350652012-05-25T13:03:14Z2012-05-25T13:03:14ZQuechan contends the project will cause irreparable harm to hundreds of cites including burial and cremation sites, as well as tens of thousands of artifacts. Forensic dog teams hired by tribes last week found six new cremation sites. Tribal members, who in modern times have continued to use the site for ceremonial purposes, also sought to protect views of mountains sacred in their religious beliefs of creation.
Ocotillo wind project advances despite tribal objections .349612012-05-12T19:30:32Z2012-05-12T19:30:32ZInterior Secretary Ken Salazar signed off on the project's Environmental Impact Statement over the objection of Native American tribal officials who remain concerned about the aesthetic impact of the project on ancestral lands and the potential for disturbing cultural and archaeological artifacts, including possible cremation sites. Wind farms may have warming effect: research.348522012-04-29T20:54:20Z2012-04-29T20:54:20Z"We attribute this warming primarily to wind farms," the study said. The temperature change could be due to the effects of the energy expelled by farms and the movement and turbulence generated by turbine rotors, it said.
"These changes, if spatially large enough, may have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate," the authors said.
Large wind farms raise temperature near ground .348512012-04-29T20:48:27Z2012-04-29T20:48:27ZDespite long-standing interest in the environmental impacts of such large-scale alternative energy installations, this is the first time anyone has measured how wind turbines can alter local temperatures over the long term, the scientists said. So far, the scientists don't know if these higher temperatures affect local rainfall or other weather patterns.Turbines in the Backyard: The Sound and the Strobes: NYT Critics' Pick.342662012-02-03T01:46:19Z2012-02-03T01:46:19ZWind power - wait, not so fast, says "Windfall," Laura Israel's urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. An account of rural Meredith, in upstate New York, when wind turbines came to town, the film depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry. Wind farms multiply, fueling clashes with nearby residents.325632011-07-24T12:16:15Z2011-07-24T12:16:15ZDemand for clean energy has led to a wind turbine building boom. But many living in their shadow decry the electricity generating projects as pesky eyesores.
Wampanoags try to stop giant wind farm.324162011-07-08T17:15:40Z2011-07-08T17:15:40Z"The Tribe depends on Nantucket Sound for food, jobs, spiritual ceremonies, and cultural continuity, and the Sound is essential to the Tribe's religious ceremonies and traditional religious practices," the Wampanoag say in their federal complaint.
Wind turbines may cool, but they could inhibit crops' growth.322972011-06-27T13:28:49Z2011-06-27T13:28:49ZBaidya Roy said wind turbines generate wakes in the air, akin to those motorboats make in the water. "The turbulence in the wake, what it does is it kind of triggers a mixing effect in the atmosphere," he said.
He theorizes a turbine's wake mixes cooler air with warmer air, changing the temperature.
Location, Location, Location.322902011-06-26T18:58:59Z2011-06-26T18:58:59ZThe question of where renewable energy plants can and should go has prompted debate across the West, in New England and in numerous other parts of the country. What makes the debate so heated is that it forces people to reconcile two imperatives: developing sources of alternative energy and supporting preservation-whether of a Civil War battlefield, an endangered species' habitat, or a sacred Native American burial site.
A National Challenge.322882011-06-26T14:25:50Z2011-06-26T14:25:50Z"Hundreds of soldiers lost their lives on this battlefield. While I understand the imperative of energy independence, I also believe there are places where the benefits [of power generation] are not worth the trade-off, and this is one of those places." Bureau of Land Management urges caution on renewable energy plans.307532011-01-13T04:54:05Z2011-01-13T04:54:05ZThe push to fast-track renewable energy projects in America has led to some missteps along the way, Marcilynn Burke, deputy director for Programs and Policies with the Bureau of Land Management, said Wednesday ...One installation, the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, led to litigation.
Environmentalists, new energy seek common ground at Pawnee Buttes.305932010-12-31T16:57:46Z2010-12-31T16:57:46ZFor hikers who took a walk to the Pawnee Buttes on Christmas Day, the experience provided a view of more than just the two buttes and the Cedar Creek wind farm to the north.
Hikers that day also saw an oil rig drilling a well on property to the west of the buttes.Public asked to comment on wind project.304782010-12-22T17:56:19Z2010-12-22T17:56:19ZThe Green Mountain National Forest will take comments from the public until Feb. 18 on a proposed 17-turbine, 34-megawatt, wind power facility in Searsburg and Readsboro.
The project has been proposed by Deerfield Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables.
Big wetlands losses plotted for green power.299642010-11-09T19:11:47Z2010-11-09T19:11:47ZThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing new rules allowing the destruction of wetlands and streams and ocean floor to accommodate renewable power facilities, according to a document posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). An environmentalist perspective on wind energy.282812010-07-14T17:23:57Z2010-07-14T17:23:57ZAs investors reap the benefits of government subsidies for the construction of wind farms, large turbines continue to rise all over the nation. This begs the question, as a renewable energy source, are wind farms really as beneficial as the government says they are?USET, NCAI seek reversal of Cape Wind approval.282482010-07-13T19:41:36Z2010-07-13T19:41:36ZThe two largest American Indian organizations are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its approval of a massive off shore wind energy project in Nantucket Sound, a sacred site to the Wampanoag people, and reconsider its decision before moving forward.