www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/latestposts?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZAnother Wind Project May Threaten Condorshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383952013-05-18T12:33:31Z2013-05-18T12:33:31ZAccording to the project's final EIS, the geographic limits of the Grand Canyon condor population as determined by FWS overlap the project's proposed footprint. Condor can fly up to 160 miles a day in searching for food, and the Grand Canyon "experimental" population is well within that range of the Mohave County Wind Farm.Falmouth turbine removal up for votehttp://www.windaction.org/news/383942013-05-19T12:29:12Z2013-05-19T12:29:12Z"Clearly, very few people asked questions, and everyone was on board," Davis said. "It became clear this year to me and to other people who were sort of on the sidelines watching "Â» we really had a problem here, and it was tearing our community apart."Call to arms against â€˜Nazi' wind farms http://www.windaction.org/news/383932013-05-19T12:24:51Z2013-05-19T12:24:51Z"Scots are battling to save our natural heritage from an invasion of foreign energy companies who take advantage of outrageous public subsidies to bank huge profits from wind farm developments across Scotland.Peer-reviewed commentary published in Canadian family physician journalhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383922013-05-18T12:18:41Z2013-05-18T12:18:41ZA peer-reviewed article in the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada says its members should expect to see increasing numbers of rural patients reporting adverse effects from exposure to industrial wind turbines.
The commentary, published in the May issue of Canadian Family Physician, says turbines can harm human health if built too close to where people live.Ocotillo Wells: Blade breaks off wind-powered turbine, prompts investigationhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383912013-05-18T04:20:21Z2013-05-18T04:20:21ZNo injuries were reported, according to the El Centro newspaper. But worldwide use of that model of turbine has been suspended while the mishap is investigated by its manufacturer, Siemens. ...In April, a blade broke from a similar Siemens turbine at an Iowa wind energy facility, the Imperial Valley Press reported. Cape Cod Community to vote on status of wind turbineshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383902013-05-17T04:12:04Z2013-05-17T04:12:04ZFalmouth was among the first towns in Massachusetts to install large turbines so close to homes. When people complained, the town tried curtailing their operation when it got real windy. Then they shut them off at night. They even considered buying out the homeowners.Defence chiefs could fight Bullington Cross wind farm plan over radar fearshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383892013-05-17T17:59:00Z2013-05-17T17:59:00ZDefence chiefs could fight plans for a major wind farm in the Hampshire countryside over fears of radar interference.
Developer EDF Energy Renewables plans to build 14, 126-metre masts on farmland at Bullington Cross, north of Winchester.Wind energy permitting process among new NC lawshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383882013-05-18T17:55:11Z2013-05-18T17:55:11ZThe legislation sets parameters for permit applications that include public hearings so opponents can raise concerns. State regulators could deny an application if a project could adversely affect the environment, private landowners or military operations.Wind shift ahead in Lee County?http://www.windaction.org/news/383872013-05-18T17:52:25Z2013-05-18T17:52:25ZA third of Lee County Board members have taken a stand on the controversial proposal for a wind farm in the county's southwestern corner.
The rest either are undecided or haven't returned Sauk Valley Media's calls for comment. The 24-member board will vote on the wind farm Tuesday.Proposed wind farm setbacks would kill projectshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383862013-05-17T17:46:12Z2013-05-17T17:46:12ZDelaware County wind farm opponents are asking for setbacks that would almost certainly prevent construction of a wind farm.
Opponents are proposing a minimum setback of two miles (or 10,560 feet) between wind turbines and dwellings. Independence turbine owners refusing to cooperate with sound studyhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383852013-05-18T17:19:22Z2013-05-18T17:19:22ZIn an about face, the Independence turbine owners at Kingston Wind Independence are refusing to participate a long-awaited acoustic monitoring study.Xcel, wind project at odds over 2010 agreementhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383842013-05-17T02:14:24Z2013-05-17T02:14:24ZThe Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is waiting to hear from Xcel Energy and New Era Wind in Goodhue County about what changes have taken place in the controversial wind project's power purchase agreement.Massive SoCal wind turbine blade breaks offhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383832013-05-17T22:52:53Z2013-05-17T22:52:53ZA Siemens spokeswoman explained that "when a turbine is curtailed, it means the load on the blade is significantly reduced compared to normal operation." The company said there were about 700 such turbines deployed around the world, with most - around 600 - in the United States, and all those turbines were being examined.Laws not enforced as wind industry kills more birds and batshttp://www.windaction.org/opinions/383822013-05-17T22:44:59Z2013-05-17T22:44:59ZThe Associated Press published a thorough article ...highlighting the Department of Interior's unwillingness to hold the wind industry accountable to laws meant to protect wildlife. With over 573,000 birds killed by wind turbines each year, according to the Wildlife Society Bulletin, as well as a significant number of bats, the Department of Interior can only point to superficial and voluntary guidelines that the wind industry continues to ignore.Can wind turbines make you sick? No easy answers as turbines pop up around the worldhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383812013-05-17T22:41:38Z2013-05-17T22:41:38ZAfter years of complaints about noise and health effects, on May 21, 2013 residents of Falmouth, MA will vote on whether or not to tear down both of the town's wind turbines.Turbine blade plummets in Ocotillohttp://www.windaction.org/news/383802013-05-17T22:15:29Z2013-05-17T22:15:29ZA massive blade from one of the 112 wind turbines recently installed was found near a tower base Thursday, after plummeting onto the ground overnight, triggering safety concerns among officials and some residents. ...the project is now shut down.Company Shuts Down Wind Turbines Worldwide After SoCal Accidenthttp://www.windaction.org/news/383792013-05-17T22:11:10Z2013-05-17T22:11:10ZSiemens does not yet know the root cause of this incident and is working to determine if and how this is related to a recent similar incident in Iowa. Today, Siemens is taking the step of curtailing all turbines with the B53 blade type globally. These turbines will remain curtailed until it can be determined they are not at risk of a similar malfunction.
The Iowa incident took place in April at MidAmerican Holdings' 200-megawatt Eclipse wind farm.Ocotillo Wind Project Shut Down After Blade Throwhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383782013-05-16T22:08:25Z2013-05-16T22:08:25ZThe 315-megawatt Ocotillo Express Wind project in Imperial County is shut down today after a 10-ton blade came loose from one of the project's 112 wind turbines, landing about 100 yards away on a public road. Lee County wind: Board leader pushes compromisehttp://www.windaction.org/news/383772013-05-17T21:44:57Z2013-05-17T21:44:57ZThe chairman of the Lee County Board still supports a proposed wind farm, but he is pushing a compromise that would include strong conditions on the project.
Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, said he and others are working on the conditions. He provided few details.Trump sues Scottish government over wind farmhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383762013-05-17T21:41:17Z2013-05-17T21:41:17Z"The legal process started yesterday and I plan on proceeding for as long as required, irrespective of cost," Trump said Thursday as part of a released statement. "We will not allow the Scottish Government or any other party to undermine what we have created at Trump International Golf Links."Windy debates: Each Indiana county has a different wind farm standard.http://www.windaction.org/news/383752013-05-17T21:36:00Z2013-05-17T21:36:00ZResidents in Howard County have recently begun urging the commissioners to change the setback requirements. Wind farm opponents are seeking a setback of 4,921 feet from non-participating property lines.
The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm planned by juwi Wind with the requirement of a 1,500-foot setback from property lines.
Independence turbine owner accuses residents of making false statementshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383742013-05-17T21:30:02Z2013-05-17T21:30:02ZNo takers yet for broken Portsmouth wind turbinehttp://www.windaction.org/news/383732013-05-14T21:21:23Z2013-05-14T21:21:23ZThe 1.5-megawatt turbine was commissioned in March 2009 but was shut down June 18, 2012, after the gearbox showed significant wear. The faulty gearbox was no longer covered by warranty, and the manufacturer of the turbine, AAER Wind Energy of Quebec, is no longer in business. Three of five turbines of the same make and model erected in California and Templeton, Mass., also suffered gearbox failure.Corbella: To eat or heat? That's the EU's questionhttp://www.windaction.org/opinions/383722013-05-15T21:08:44Z2013-05-15T21:08:44ZThe green lobby in Europe is so strong that it has pushed EU politicians to oppose virtually every kind of reliable non-renewable energy. ..."Ordinary families and small and medium-sized businesses are essentially subsidizing the investments of green do-gooders," who can afford to install solar panels on their homes and their businesses. But what's really starting to cause citizens and policy-makers to question their green energy agenda, is that soaring energy costs are driving energy-intensive industries in Europe to move to the United States.Wind Energy's Shadow: Turbines Drag Down Power Potentialhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383712013-05-16T21:02:12Z2013-05-16T21:02:12ZIn several recent published studies, Adams and other researchers have explored the issue of turbines stealing energy from the wind, creating drag or a "wind shadow" of air slowed by the spinning blades. Each turbine added to a particular landscape captures less energy. "You reach a point that if you add any more turbines, you get no more energy," Adams said.Renewable energy initiative approved for signature gatheringhttp://www.windaction.org/news/383702013-05-16T20:59:14Z2013-05-16T20:59:14ZAn initiative that would allow utilities to count all hydroelectric power toward renewable energy requirements was approved this week for signature gathering. The initiative seeks to alter renewable portfolio standards approved in 2007 ...The law prohibits large utilities from counting hydroelectric power generated by dams built before 1995 towards the standard. Militants stop 396MW Marena project in Mexicohttp://www.windaction.org/news/383692013-05-16T18:16:08Z2013-05-16T18:16:08ZOpposition to the project first came to light last year when members of the local indigenous Huave community forced the mayor to destroy a building permit he had signed with developer Marena.
At the same time, a Huave Indian group in the neighbouring town of San Mateo del Mar issued a statement saying it will "take up arms" if the project goes ahead as planned.Top Ind. wind farm drafts bat-protection planshttp://www.windaction.org/news/383682013-05-15T18:01:31Z2013-05-15T18:01:31ZAn estimated 850,000 to 1.7 million bats have died from collisions with wind turbines in the United States and Canada since 2000, said Mylea Bayless, director of conservation programs for Austin, Texas-based Bats Conservation international. Rural ratepayers to governor: 'Veto this bill'http://www.windaction.org/news/383672013-05-16T17:59:15Z2013-05-16T17:59:15ZFarmers and rural homeowners in Northern Colorado on Wednesday added their voices to a statewide chorus calling on Gov. Hickenlooper to veto a bill certain to raise their electric bills.Strip mining Minnesota ratepayershttp://www.windaction.org/pictures/383662013-05-17T16:07:30Z2013-05-17T16:07:30ZThe State of Minnesota is considering a bill that would increase the State's renewable mandate to 40% including a 10% solar carve-out. The bill is in conference but it appears rural legislators in both parties are reluctant to pass it through. Cartoonist Marie McNamara created this political cartoon to emphasize the mentality of lobbyists at the Capitol and the effect of the 40% mandate on Minnesota rate payers and businesses.