Documents filed under Impact on Economy from USA

Report and recommendations for minimizing and mitigating environmental and commercial impacts of offshore wind facilities

Report_of_the_commission_on_environmental_standards_-_final_thumb The attached report by the Connecticut Commission on Environmental Standards provides recommendations to offshore wind developers in mitigating potential risks to the area's wildlife, fishing industry, and water navigation systems. The Commission urges developers to conduct assessments on potential impact areas and provide funding to offset economic and environmental losses.
13 Aug 2019

GVEA: Financial cost of interconnecting Delta Wind Farm

Gvea-letter-3-15-2017_thumb Alaska's Golden Valley Electric Co-Op denies a proposal by DWF to connect a new 13.5 megawatt ("MW") wind facility arguing, among other things, that the cost of interconnection would be higher than the benefits of the project.A letter with supporting evidence was submitted to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. A portion of the letter appears below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. 
15 Mar 2017

Exploring the impact of the proposed Galloo Island energy project

307007559-clarkson-nanos-galloo-island-wind-farm-study_thumb The Town of Henderson, New York, engaged the Nanos Clarkson Research Collaboration energy consultant team to assist in determining a series of impacts from the proposed Galloo Island wind farm development. The Galloo Island project plan proposes to construct up to 29 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 102 MW. The turbines will stand 575 feet high, with blade lengths of 210 feet. The executive summary and key findings of the study are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
20 Jan 2016

The true cost of energy: WIND

Full-report-true-cost-of-wind1_thumb This new research conducted by Utah State University examines the true costs of wind power. The authors conclude that wind energy is roughly 48% more expensive than the industry’s official estimates. The executive  summary of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
7 Jul 2015

Potential energy impacts of the EPA proposed clean power plan

Nera_cpp_report_final_oct_2014_thumb This report evaluates the potential energy market impacts and energy costs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. EPA proposed the CPP in June 2014 as a nationwide regulation (to be implemented by the states) under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  
20 Oct 2014

The net benefits of low and no-carbon electricity technologies

Brookings-netbenefitsfinal_thumb This paper examines five different low and no-carbon electricity technologies and presents the net benefits of each under a range of assumptions. One of the key findings of the report states that "nuclear, hydro, and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar. This is the case because solar and wind facilities suffer from a very high capacity cost per megawatt, very low capacity factors and low reliability, which result in low avoided emissions and low avoided energy cost per dollar invested." A summary of the findings is below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.
20 May 2014

Property value impact & zoning compliance evaluation

Tipton-county-bza-mccann-appraisal-presentation_thumb This presentation prepared by appraiser Michael McCann examines the various studies that look at property value impacts near operating wind energy facilities. In this case, Mr. McCann looks at the Tipton County, Indiana ordinance and the effects of the proposed Juwi Wind project known as Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. The project was ultimately approved by Tipton County but a condition was placed on the permit that requires the developer guarantee there will be no negative effect on property values. The full presentation can be accessed at the links at the bottom of this page.
20 Mar 2013

Rewiring California: Integrating Agendas For Energy Reform

Report214_final_complete_thumb This report by the California Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission, an independent state oversight agency, calls on State leaders to direct the state’s energy organizations to assess the cumulative impact of recent major energy-related policies on electricity rates and reliability and whether these policies are achieving California’s energy and environmental goals. An excerpt of the executive summary is provided below. The full report can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
1 Dec 2012

Where Are the Jobs? – The elusiveness of job creation under the section 1603 grant program for renewable energy

061812greenjobsstaffreport_thumb This important document examines the Section 1603 cash grant program relative to job creation. The report states that most current methods used to calculate jobs created by Section 1603 are largely unreliable. What accurate jobs data that exists for Section 1603 shows that it produces very few long-term jobs. Also, Section 1603 has resulted in higher costs to the taxpayer than previously anticipated. The executive summary of the report is provided below. To access the full report, click on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
18 Jun 2012

VINALHAVEN electric rates double in two years with industrial wind turbines - Analysis

2012-01-13_vinalhaven_rates_vs._cmp_historical_rates_-_graph_thumb Fox Island Wind Neighbors, representing homeowners living near the three 1.5 megawatt wind turbines on the Island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine, delivered an analysis of local electric rates to the administration of Governor Paul LePage demonstrating that the highly acclaimed turbines -- promised to be a cost savings to ratepayers-- are instead costing ratepayers more than if they had never been built. To access the documents click on the links at the bottom of this page.
18 Jan 2012

Values in the Wind: A Hedonic Analysis of Wind Power Facilities

Heintzelmantuttlehedonic_thumb This paper uses data on 11,331 property transactions over 9 years in Northern New York to explore the eff ects of new wind facilities on property values. The authors use a fixed effects framework to control for omitted variables and endogeneity biases. They found that nearby wind facilities signi cantly reduce property values in two of the three counties studied. The results indicate that existing compensation to local homeowners/communities may not be sufficient to prevent a loss of property values. The conclusions of the report are provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link a t the bottom of this page.
16 Jul 2011

NASUCA letter raises cost concerns of smart grid technologies

Obamaletter5-20-10_thumb The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), in its letter to President Barack Obama, urges rejection of the request by General Electric, smart grid vendors and other signatories who are seeking to link access to federal programs related to electricity distribution and energy efficiency to smart grid technology access. NASUCA argues smart grid technologies are expensive and evolving and should not be forced on consumers.
20 May 2010
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