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The government’s plans to set up wind turbines to generate electricity in the Galilee were supposed to herald a new environmental era. But residents are campaigning against the enterprise, out of fear of damage to the landscape, noise and other hazards.
“Every day, 15-20% of wind power is being curtailed,” said an official of the Wind Independent Power Producers Association (WIPPA). “On some days, power has even been switched off completely by the discoms’ state load distribution centres (SLDCs).”
The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) said Wednesday that 16 wind farm projects located on Sor Por Kor government land are legal and can continue as planned.
On Jan 31, the Nakhon Ratchasima Administrative Court ruled the Chaiyaphum land reform committee's decision to lease the land to Thep Sathit Wind Farm Co was unlawful and ordered it revoked. According to the court, the land lease for the company breached the agricultural land reform law which requires that use of Sor Por Kor land for activities other than agriculture can be done only if the activities are in the interests of farmers.
Yet even with double the wind capacity, China still produces less electricity from turbines when compared with the U.S. That’s because it’s installing lower-quality machines using less reliable breezes and doing so more quickly than the distribution grid can take in the flows.
Renowned biodiversity expert Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda has questioned a poorly researched Initial Environment Examination Report (IEER) saying it poses a threat to the Vankalai Sanctuary near Mannar. ...He also says that the IEER provides almost no evidence that the unique natural heritage offered by the Vankalai Sanctuary will be preserved as a result of the project, especially with regard to bird life with the proposed transmission line. “This is a matter of urgent national importance and there needs to be a public debate on this plan."
Grid connectivity is not streamlined, so problems arise due to inconsistent supply from the windmills. Local industries blame them for disruptions in power supply, eventually resulting in damage to expensive equipment. While one can argue in favor of the little electricity these windmills produce, it remains to be seen how much loss has been incurred from their use of farm land, installation, and connectivity costs—and, of course, the costs of frequent disruptions from rain.
KEPCO initially projected that its investment in the wind power plants would generate a stable return of 6 percent to 7 percent per annum as the power plants had a 20-year long contract with the local electricity firms. However, the pre-feasibility study done by Korea Development Institute (KDI) on the request from the Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance found that the investment would yield a mere 2 percent annual return.
German electronics giant has agreed to pay the Israeli government a NIS 160 million penalty for bribing senior Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) (TASE: ELEC.B22) executives to rig a tender for turbines more than ten years ago. Siemens will also appoint an external inspector for supervision over their activities in Israel.
Ratlam, INDIA : There is a great thrust in the area of renewable energy and state governments go extra mile to attract projects but in the race for generating green energy, it looks like quality and superior technology are taking a back seat. On 23 March an INOX wind turbine went up in flames emitting huge amount of smoke creating panic among the villagers nearby in last week. The incident happened in Jasdhan, Rajkot, Gujarat.
"The main cause of idling turbines is an overcapacity in China's power generation," said Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University. "China's power supply currently surpasses its demand by 20 to 25 percent. All the electricity producers in the country are going through a tough time, and wind power developers are not an exception."
JAPAN: A government department has recommended larger wind turbines have safety checks on a more regular basis due to recent failures in typhoon season.
“One of the biggest reasons that natural gas, oil, and coal are the world’s most-used energy resources is because they are incredibly reliable,” Daniel Simmons, vice president for policy at IER, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “By the same token, wind struggles to compete with conventional fuels because it is inherently unreliable.”
The 81-megawatt Caparispisan wind power project in Pagudud, Ilocos Norte resumed delivering power to consumers, after its operator built temporary towers to connect the plant to the Luzon grid.
Two transmission towers operated by wind farm developer UPC Renewables collapsed on Thursday night, following a large explosion, Pasuquin town mayor Peter Felix Aguinaldo said on Friday.
China’s wind farm operators have suffered from idled capacity for years as the rush to build projects in the windiest areas of the nation surpassed the grid’s ability to absorb and transmit the power.
With a sudden fall in wind energy production over the last two days and combined with outages faced by the state and central generating stations (CGS), power managers had to resort to load shedding in a few parts of the state.
As the Guam Power Authority expands it renewable energy portfolio with wind and solar capabilities, Consolidated Commission on Utilities chairman Joseph Duenas has doubts about the viability of a wind turbine project. He told KUAM News "They haven't started construction or any kind of work on the project and the project is supposed to be completed in eight months."
Wind power generators need vast, open land to provide adequate space between each windmill. On this small island, commercial-scale wind power plants might be tough to pull off, he said. And for a utility-scale wind power plant to be viable, there must be steady flow of winds — ranging from 12 mph to 28 mph — for efficiency, he said. Earthquakes and typhoons also add to the obstacles of windmill projects on the island.
The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (台電公司) has formed a committee to examine why seven of its wind turbines collapsed during Typhoon Soudelor last weekend, a Taipower official said Wednesday.