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This response to the Dti’s consultation has been prepared by Hugh Sharman of Incoteco
(Denmark) ApS, and The Renewable Energy Foundation, working in collaboration.
Hugh Sharman is an energy consultant, based in Denmark. Most of Incoteco’s work is done for
and with large energy companies seeking innovative environmental solutions to practical
problems. An example is its leading role in the formulation and development of the “CO2 for EOR
in the North Sea” (CENS) project during 2001. During 2004, Incoteco (Denmark) ApS completed a
wind-energy related study for the Danish Energy Agency that was also supported by a number of
important Scandinavian energy companies. Its purpose was to find more effective uses for the
large wind power surplus that is generated in West Denmark.
The Renewable Energy Foundation is a newly created foundation which has arisen from
widespread and growing public concern that the current renewables energy policy is in itself
unbalanced, and causing subsequent imbalances in the rest of the energy sector. REF
encourages the development of renewable energy and energy conservation whilst safeguarding
the landscapes of the United Kingdom from unsustainable industrialisation. In pursuit of this goal,
REF highlights the need for an overall energy policy that is balanced, ecologically sensitive and
Key Energy Issues to 2025
The Energy Information Administration (EIA), in
preparing model forecasts for its Annual Energy Outlook
2005 (AEO2005), evaluated a wide range of
current trends and issues that could have major
implications for U.S. energy markets over the 20-year
forecast period, from 2005 to 2025. Trends in energy
supply and demand are linked with such unpredictable
factors as the performance of the U.S. economy
overall, advances in technologies related to energy
production and consumption, annual changes in
weather patterns, and future public policy decisions
[see endnote 1 on page 8]. Among the most important
issues identified as having the potential to affect the
complex behavior of the domestic energy economy, oil
prices and natural gas supply were considered to be
of particular significance in increasing the uncertainty
associated with the AEO2005 reference case
Eric Rosenbloom reports:
"The data are gathered mostly from news articles, some from government and company documentation. The list includes proposed (and possibly rejected) as well as operating facilities. Ridgeline facilities described only by length instead of the whole area taken are not included. "
Eric Rosenbloom writes:
"Although Greenpeace's answer to wind-farm.org, Yes2Wind, includes a link to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), I was not surprised to find almost nothing from IPCC about wind power. In one 1996 Technical Paper, "Technologies, Policies and Measures for Mitigating Climate Change," wind is discussed among other renewable sources. The study is interesting.
It examines seven areas of human activity that affect the emission of greenhouse gases, especially CO2. The main topics are buildings, transport, industry, and the energy supply itself to these three areas. Also of concern is agriculture, which accounts for only 5% of human CO2 release but 50% of CH4 and 70% of N2O; forests, the clearing and degradation of which in low latitudes adds 1.2-2.0 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC) to the atmosphere per year, while mid- and high-latitude forests remove 0.5-0.9 GtC/yr; and waste treatment, which adds carbon in the form of methane (CH4)."
Eric Rosenbloom's weblog focusing on wind power issues.
Dr. Terry Matilsky, Associate Professor of physics and astronomy at Rutgers University, addresses ice throws on behalf of the Kingdom Commons Group's opposition to the proposed East Haven Windfarm.
The DEC Staff's four major points are as follows:
(1) The proposed project area is an extremely important bird/raptor migration area
(2) Data collection methodology and duration for this project is extremely limited
(3) The mortality constant chosen and its application to available date are inappropriate
(4) Bald eagles and other protected species do and can be expected to us the project area.
We are in continued public hearings to consider the application of the Desert Claim Wind Farm. I would like to remind everybody that the record is closed at this point for public testimony. What we are doing this evening is we have taken receipt - and we did that actually midpoint last week - of the revised development agreement for the project. What we intend to do this evening is to engage in Board discussion in terms of setting a timeline for further review and any other comment as the Board deems appropriate and then ideally with instructions to staff in terms of how we proceed from this date.
"On November 10, 2004, the New York State Public Service Commission
(“Commission”) published two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notices”), identified as
SAPA No. 03-E-1088SA2 and SAPA No. 03-E-1088SA3, in the State Register. These Notices
indicate that the Commission is requesting comments on certain proposed measures intended to
implement the renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) that was adopted by the Commission by
order issued September 24, 2004 (“RPS Order”)."
...additional radar studies would be required to see if spring migration patterns are different than those measured in the fall. Typically spring migration is shorter than fall migration with fewer numbers in the shorter period of time. How this will affect the numbers of birds passing through the rotor swept volume is unknown. It is important to determine the seasonal timing, altitude and numbers of migrant birds passing over the proposed project site and the effects of weather upon their passage over a greater part of the whole year. In addition, it is possible to determine some of the bird and bat species passing through the project site by accoustical sensors to determine which species, that make vocal calls, are migrating through the site.