ADVISORY CIRCULAR: AC 70/7460-1K Obstruction Marking
and Lighting-- This change amends the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA)
standards for marking and lighting structures to promote aviation safety. This change is effective August 1, 2000.....A sponsor proposing any type of construction or
alteration of a structure that may affect the National
Airspace System (NAS) is required under the
provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14
CFR part 77) to notify the FAA by completing the
Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration form
(FAA Form 7460-1). The form should be sent to the
FAA Regional Air Traffic Division office having
jurisdiction over the area where the planned
construction or alteration would be located.
State Wind Activities
The U.S. map below [available via provided link] summarizes Wind Powering America's State activities, which include validated wind maps, anemometer loan programs, small wind guides, legislative briefings, and wind working groups. Click on a state to read more state-specific news. You can also use the drop down list to get to state Web pages.
Editor's Note:The US DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE-EERE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are funding (at taxpayer expense) "wind working groups" in many states. While not all "wind working groups" identify their members, many of those that do appear to be comprised of wind 'advocates' only. You can find out more about these "wind working groups" by visiting the DOE site via the link below.
U.S. energy flow trends as of 2002
Eric Rosenbloom comments:" In the U.S. 61.5% of the energy used is 'lost', i.e. only 38.5% of the energy consumed is actually extracted."
The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), as lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process, is considering potential impacts from construction of 53 wind energy turbines which would generate approximately 79 megawatts of power. Turbine structures are anticipated to be approximately 389 feet tall from the ground to the highest blade tip. Structures such as a substation, 4.8 miles of buried cable, an unspecified amount of overhead transmission lines, and 3.4 miles of access roads must also be built in the 33,000 acre project area. This project is situated at the southern end of the Finger Lakes, near the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, the Hi Tor Bird Conservation Area, and generally along a north-south oriented ridge.
General Victor E. Renuart, Jr. USAF Commander of the United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command delivered this testimony to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The below excerpt includes General Renuart's concerns with radar interference from wind farm development. His full testimony can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
Total U.S. greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions were 7,075.6 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent ( MMTCO2e ) in 2006, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 2005 level according to Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2006, a report released today by the Energy Information Administration ( EIA ). ...Emissions of carbon dioxide from energy consumption and industrial processes, which had risen at an average annual rate of 1.2 percent per year from 1990 to 2005, declined by 1.8 percent in 2006. The decline in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 to 2006 can be attributed to a one-half percent decline in overall energy demand and a decrease in the carbon intensity of electricity generation.
The Link Below will take you to a site where wind resource maps are available for most states.
This report surveys the intense debate now taking place as to why
the chosen strategy is not achieving its objectives. We believe that a
principal factor is to be found in the increasingly controversial renewable
energy policy, which is widely criticised for its lack of balance and its
over-emphasis on onshore wind at the expense of other technologies.